lad·en | \ˈlā-dᵊn \

Definition of laden 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: carrying a load or burden


ladened; ladening\ˈlād-niŋ, 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 & Antonyms for laden

Synonyms: Verb

burden, encumber, freight, lade, load, lumber, saddle, weight

Antonyms: Verb

disburden, discharge, disencumber, unburden, unlade, unload

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Examples of laden in a Sentence


laden a ship with emergency medical supplies

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Even at the time, the choice raised eyebrows, since Manafort had been ousted from the campaign after scandal-laden stories about his work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Why Trump’s inauguration money is a major part of Mueller’s Russia investigation," 5 July 2018 To other flashier, more trophy-laden nations, simply reaching the semifinal stage wouldn’t be grounds for celebration. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "England’s Unfamiliar Emotion: Hope," 10 July 2018 The successful tariff free, incentive laden policies that have driven California's green energy leadership would be my strategy of choice. Phillip Molnar,, "Is California's solar mandate a good move?," 25 May 2018 Its debt-laden finances have led it to be called the Greece of the Western Hemisphere. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "Finding the good beyond the crisis," 13 May 2018 Certainly, there’s a decent chance that post-millennials could enter the workforce with better prospects than the younger millennials whose first search for jobs as debt-laden ex-students were dampened by the Great Recession. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Post-Millennials Should Scare the Hell Out of the GOP," 27 Feb. 2018 That has been a recurring issue throughout a frustrating season laden with feel-good victories and head-shaking defeats. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "NCAA survival at stake in UT-Baylor matchup," 11 Feb. 2018 Del Toro crafts a seriously impressive world, complete with a practical effects-laden troll market that would make George Lucas lose his mind. Tom Philip, GQ, "The Ultimate Guillermo del Toro Movie Is Now on Netflix," 4 May 2018 One result of these efforts likely will be to help users avoid banner and pop-up advertisements laden with malicious software, which increasingly is a problem for smartphone users, according to PCMag. WSJ, "Editor’s News Picks," 25 June 2018

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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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The first known use of laden was before the 12th century

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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 \

Kids Definition of laden

: heavily loaded The truck was laden with gravel.

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