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

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 His genitals would be heavy yet flaccid, fleshy skin sacs reddened with indignation, like the wattles of an angry turkey. Joyce Carol Oates, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024 Fine, white powdery substance on the upper leaf surfaces of the youngest leaves, shoots, buds and sepals, which also sometimes include twisted and distorted leaves and flowers and reddening of foliage. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2024 In the 20th century, semi-secretive, as a lady might admit to powdering her nose but not to reddening her cheeks. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, 19 Mar. 2024 In the days afterward, when telescopes on the ground again saw the signature reddening of a kilonova, Levan quickly fired off an emergency request for an almost real-time JWST observation of the event. Quanta Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 Saban said, clicking his teeth and looking away with reddening eyes. Tyler R. Tynes, Los Angeles Times, 2 Jan. 2024 And in the following days, astronomers saw the telltale reddening of a kilonova in the same spot as the gamma-ray burst. Quanta Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 Every year, cooling breezes, migrating warblers and reddening sycamore trees signal the coming of autumn in San Diego. Faith Barton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023 The site of contact will likely redden and swell like a bee sting. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 19 Sep. 2023

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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 19 May. 2024.

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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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