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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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 Mok’s face swelled with rage, reddening like a berry in the sun. Christian Holub,, "Read an exciting excerpt from new Avatar: The Last Airbender YA novel The Shadow of Kyoshi," 5 May 2020 The interrogator bit down hard on the towel and screamed and his eyes welled and reddened. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Laos’s Forgotten War," 29 Jan. 2020 The expansion of space stretches light, reddening its color. Quanta Magazine, "No Dark Energy? No Chance, Cosmologists Contend," 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, "The Skinning Tree," 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, "Viking berserkers may have used henbane to induce trance-like state," 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, "How to Make a Forge and Start Hammering Metal," 2 Jan. 2020 But over time, the skin around the incision reddened and peeled apart. USA Today, "When plastic surgery goes wrong, patients are left to pay for uninsured doctors’ mistakes," 13 Dec. 2019 The idea that a magical season was over hit the Coyotes, and eyes reddened and heads dropped. Kent Somers, azcentral, "After the pain of losing a state title, Campo Verde finds pride in the journey," 7 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 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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