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 ladening (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 In Anantnag district, small trucks dot narrow lanes next to orchards where trees are laden with varieties of apples like Crimson and Red Delicious. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "Kashmir’s apple harvest turns sour with fear and anger," 22 Sep. 2019 The panel is laden with Republicans sympathetic to Ukraine. Andrew Taylor, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Timeline: Tracking the whistleblower, Trump and Ukraine," 20 Sep. 2019 The panel is laden with Republicans sympathetic to Ukraine. Andrew Taylor, Fortune, "Tracking the Whistleblower, Trump, and Ukraine: Timeline," 20 Sep. 2019 Scientists usually conceive of this process as a form of Bayesian inference, a framework that specifies how to update beliefs or best guesses with new data when both are laden with uncertainty. Anil K. Seth, Scientific American, "The Neuroscience of Reality," 27 Aug. 2019 Ahh, yes, another celebration, this one not so laden with schadenfreude as just pure, well, bemusement?, "LMAO: The Best Memes & Funnies From Around European Football This Gameweek," 27 Aug. 2019 Inspiration came at the right time for the Eagles, who have high expectations with a senior-laden team that has hovered around the .500 mark for the past three seasons. Shawn Mcfarland,, "In a battle for his life after cancer diagnosis, Tolland football coach Scott Cady has found peace on the field and support in the community," 12 Sep. 2019 From the dramatic cliffside towns of the Amalfi Coast to the history-laden hills of Sicily, the Italian coast has become the place to visit over the last few years. Jessica Dailey, ELLE Decor, "How to Turn Your Bedroom Into a Coastal Italian Retreat," 10 Sep. 2019 Tackle Tyler Schompert, linebacker Alec Wall and defender Keegan Skoczen are the others who broke through last year on a senior-laden lineup full of two- and three-year starters. Matt Goul,, "Olmsted Falls maintains its bite; why Brunswick’s chain has stronger links: HS football quick hits," 9 Sep. 2019 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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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 How to pronounce laden (audio) \

Kids Definition of laden

: heavily loaded The truck was laden with gravel.

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