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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When midsize stars like our sun run low on hydrogen to fuse into helium, their outer layers expand and redden, and their cores shrink. Quanta Magazine, "A Primordial Nucleus Behind the Elements of Life," 4 Dec. 2012 The land gradually reddens where it’s been tilled, but in a few hours nobody’s tilling anymore and the surface is all brown scrub, with an occasional mesa, or koppie, floating against the horizon. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Inside an All-White Town’s Divisive Experiment With Cryptocurrency," 6 June 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 If a bare-skinned fair person reddens in four minutes, an SPF 30 ups that time to 120 minutes (the simple math: 4 x 30 = 120). Susan Ince, Good Housekeeping, "Keep the Glow, Lose the Wrinkles," 17 May 2012 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

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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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