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

Definition of redden

transitive verb

: to make red or reddish

intransitive verb

: to become red especially : blush

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Examples of redden in a Sentence

First-degree burns redden the skin. Her face reddened when her name was announced.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 The white participants dress up like Indians and redden their skin with body paint made from iron ore. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, 20 Jan. 2020 The onset of berserkergang purportedly began with bodily chills, shivering, and teeth chattering, followed by swelling and reddening of the face. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 18 Sep. 2019 With that, an impressive rushing sound came up from the forge, and the center of the coal mound reddened like a stoplight. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 2 Jan. 2020 But over time, the skin around the incision reddened and peeled apart. USA Today, 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of redden

1552, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Redden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of redden

: to make something red or to become red


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

Kids Definition of redden

: to make or become red The cold reddened our cheeks.

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