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


bloom, blush, color, crimson, flush, glow

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Examples of redden in a Sentence

First-degree burns redden the skin. Her face reddened when her name was announced.

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Then the sky would have reddened, before slowly dimming into pitch darkness; there was simply nothing else there to produce visible light, as the wavelengths of the background radiation continued to stretch through the infrared spectrum and beyond. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, "The Quest to Unlock the Secrets of the Baby Universe," 26 Aug. 2019 In describing the events around his hospitalization, Mr. Navalny said on his website that his cellmates noticed on Saturday that the skin on his neck was reddening, and as the day progressed his face, ears and neck began burning and prickling. New York Times, "Fears of Navalny Poisoning Are Rooted in Previous Attacks on Kremlin Foes," 29 July 2019 Robles said before entering the building, his eyes reddening. Washington Post, "US detains immigrant after he spends year in Seattle church," 17 July 2019 The interrogator bit down hard on the towel and screamed, and his eyes welled up and reddened. Paul Yoon, Harper's magazine, "Run Me to Earth," 10 Mar. 2019 Not only was my face reddening from the workout, but the August heat didn’t help to cool it down. Emily Rekstis, SELF, "I Tried 5 Ways to Get Rid of Redness on My Face After Working Out," 19 Sep. 2018 But Baldwin isn’t Ohio’s Sherrod Brown, who is also an unrepentant progressive senator running for reelection in a rapidly reddening state, and who has a strong in-state brand. Dylan Scott, Vox, "A vicious Senate primary is hurting Republicans in Wisconsin," 10 Aug. 2018 The five middle-aged men keep their puffy winter jackets over their graphic tees to shield them from the city’s wet winter chill, but their cheeks redden as the whiskey gets flowing from the bottle kept for them on the shelf. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 The photo of the toddler shows most of his torso and face reddened from the scalding hot water, which caused a layer of skin to peel off from his right shoulder and stomach., "Photo of Toddler Burned by Hot Water Serves as Warning About Dangers of Garden Hoses During Summer," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of redden

1552, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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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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readily or continually undergoing change

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