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 & Antonyms for laden

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 case involves a former teenage cheerleader in the Mahanoy Area School District who was given a year suspension from the squad in 2017 after a coach learned of an expletive-laden Snapchat message posted to teammates online over a weekend. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, "Supreme Court debates student free speech rights on social media," 28 Apr. 2021 Boone nearly did it again a year later with Karkovice, who pitched and shared time behind the plate with future major leaguer Joe Oliver and teammate Bob Simmons –– the only returnees from what was a senior-laden team. J.c. Carnahan,, "‘How ‘bout them ears!’ Boone’s 1981 baseball state championship team reunites 40 years later," 24 Apr. 2021 Clark is known for his intense practices and observing his team compete with a sense of urgency in the first test of the offseason elevates the expectations of a senior-laden squad. Evan Dudley, al, "Bill Clark focuses on ‘drives’ in UAB’s first spring scrimmage," 27 Mar. 2021 The violator then responded with an expletive-laden statement indicating his guilt. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, "He told cops he hit a deer with his car. The gunshot wound proved otherwise.," 19 Mar. 2021 During a visit on opening weekend, two collectors are overheard discussing whether the expletive-laden work Zztop would look good in a bathroom. Christopher Mosley, Dallas News, "Artist Josh Reames reflects on the internet at its worst in ‘Reclaiming the Moon’," 3 Mar. 2021 Capriotti has a history of calling lawmakers and leaving profanity-laden messages, dating back to 2019. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "FBI arrests man it says threatened to kill Democrats at White House," 12 Jan. 2021 That was when fans lined the sidewalks 10 deep for a victory parade and committed to memory the expletive-laden speech from the team’s center Jason Kelce, who dressed in homage to another Philadelphia love: the Mummers Parade. Mary Beth Mccauley, The Christian Science Monitor, "In a tough season, how Philadelphia Eagles fans are keeping the faith," 30 Nov. 2020 The Ramadan restrictions may hit hardest in low-income Egyptian neighborhoods, where in other years, residents depend on the tables laden with iftar food donated by wealthy individuals, mosques or other organizations. New York Times, "A Ramadan Closer to Normal for 2021," 13 Apr. 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


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7 May 2021

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“Laden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 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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