red·den | \ˈre-dᵊn \
reddened; reddening\ˈred-niŋ, 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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Her face was deeply grooved, cheeks reddened from laboring outside every day on a windy mountainside. New York Times, "Where a Taboo Is Leading to the Deaths of Young Girls," 19 June 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 Take a look at Wisconsin, a reddening state that should be a battleground in 2018. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Health care is Democrats’ secret weapon in the 2018 midterm elections," 22 Mar. 2018 If the 2017 Los Angeles sports year had a face, it would be slightly reddened. Bill Plaschke,, "If the year in L.A. sports had a name, it'd be Yu Darvish," 19 Dec. 2017 Initial observations seemed to indicate the interstellar traveler was made of rock or metal, reddened by millions or billions of years absorbing cosmic rays. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Unusual Interstellar Visitor Could Be Shard of Ice," 19 Dec. 2017 For example, ever-reddening Ohio once built excellent universities, parks and infrastructure under both Republicans and Democrats. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "If you seek opportunity, stick with a blue state," 9 Dec. 2017 The best views Thursday evening will be in the West, the Southeast (except for Florida) and New England, according to the National Weather Service: Additionally, at moon rise, the moon is often reddened by clouds and dust. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "The harvest moon is here. Find out where to catch the best views.," 5 Oct. 2017

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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 \
reddened; reddening

Kids Definition of redden

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

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