lad·​en | \ ˈlā-dᵊn How to pronounce laden (audio) \

Definition of laden

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: carrying a load or burden


ladened; ladening\ ˈlād-​niŋ How to pronounce laden (audio) , ˈlā-​dᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of laden (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: lade heavily ladened with equipment— Isabel M. Lewis

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Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of laden in a Sentence

Verb laden a ship with emergency medical supplies
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Defense Services Museum is a vast, colossus of a building, an imposing monument to Myanmar's military, replete with marble halls laden with oil paintings and marble busts of the country's former heroes. Clarissa Ward, CNN, "Myanmar's military has underestimated the strength, will and bravery of its own people," 9 Apr. 2021 But the economic downturn was not as steep as expected in many sectors and actually ignited a boom in sales of laptops, web cameras, and other tech gear laden with chips. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "The global chip shortage may be hitting Apple," 8 Apr. 2021 Waiver renewals under Trump were often for shorter periods and laden with conditions. Star Tribune, "No timetable for withdrawal of troops after US, Iraq talks," 7 Apr. 2021 The Maersk Denver, an American-flagged container ship packed with U.S. military equipment, was right behind the Ever Given when that ship, laden with 18,000 of its own containers, slammed into the bank. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Suez Canal Opens, but Shipping Will Be Snarled for Months," 31 Mar. 2021 The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spearheaded a $1.7 billion project to raise the Bayonne Bridge to accommodate mammoth ships laden with cargo from Asia and elsewhere. New York Times, "Why the World’s Container Ships Grew So Big," 30 Mar. 2021 Bayview-Hunters Point, in the city’s southeast, is a historically Black neighborhood laden with industrial sites that emit pollution. Jason Fagone, San Francisco Chronicle, "Judge OKs $6.3 million settlement in shipyard homeowner suit," 24 Mar. 2021 Expect quiet evenings and dark night skies laden with stars. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona ghost-town road trip: 5 former boomtowns worth the drive. Here's how to see them," 17 Mar. 2021 Customers would start shopping at 9 a.m., poring over tables laden with a variety of shoes, until 5 p.m. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "'Do what you love to do' - San Antonio's Shoeman Sam provided personal service of a bygone time," 15 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Leesburg’s only loss was 79-70 against West Oaks, a talent-ladened team that plays outside the FHSAA, on Dec. 2, at the Breast Cancer Awareness Classic at Oak Ridge. Buddy Collings,, "Can Leesburg stretch streak? Can Oak Ridge bounce back? | Basketball News," 9 Feb. 2018 But that context — including who shouts the phrase and who studiously avoids uttering it — has ladened it with pernicious meaning in particular quarters. Max Fisher, New York Times, "Gays, Guns and Jihad: Motives Blur on Closer Scrutiny JUNE 14, 2016," 16 June 2016

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First Known Use of laden


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1514, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for laden


see lade


see lade

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13 Apr 2021

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“Laden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of laden

: loaded heavily with something : having or carrying a large amount of something


lad·​en | \ ˈlā-dᵊn How to pronounce laden (audio) \

Kids Definition of laden

: heavily loaded The truck was laden with gravel.

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