red·​den ˈre-dᵊn How to pronounce redden (audio)
reddened; reddening ˈred-niŋ How to pronounce redden (audio)

transitive verb

: to make red or reddish

intransitive verb

: to become red
especially : blush

Example Sentences

First-degree burns redden the skin. Her face reddened when her name was announced.
Recent Examples on the Web Veldman falls uncharacteristically quiet, and his eyes redden. Julia Rosen, The Atlantic, 25 July 2022 At night, lights along the valley climb the slopes of the back hills to quiet residential sections, while along the river, steel converters redden the sky. cleveland, 30 Dec. 2021 Saget could — and always would — pummel decency so vigorously, so joyfully, that our cheeks would redden while our hang-ups began to feel more and more ridiculous. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 While an in-clinic peel can really redden the face (and require a day or two of social hibernation), an at-home one is typically much gentler. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 18 Nov. 2021 Winter trees reddened; moss was bright on the stone walls. Jane Brox, The New Yorker, 16 May 2020 Mok’s face swelled with rage, reddening like a berry in the sun. Christian Holub,, 5 May 2020 The interrogator bit down hard on the towel and screamed and his eyes welled and reddened. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, 29 Jan. 2020 The expansion of space stretches light, reddening its color. Quanta Magazine, 17 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1552, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of redden was in 1552

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Cite this Entry

“Redden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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red·​den ˈred-ᵊn How to pronounce redden (audio)
reddened; reddening ˈred-niŋ How to pronounce redden (audio)
: to make or become red
especially : blush entry 1 sense 1

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