sad·​den | \ ˈsa-dᵊn \
saddened; saddening\ ˈsad-​niŋ , ˈsa-​dᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of sadden

transitive verb

: to make sad

intransitive verb

: to become sad

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Examples of sadden in a Sentence

It saddens me that we could not agree. We were saddened to see how ill she looks. She was saddened over the death of her friend. Her face saddened when she heard the news.
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The Sun Belt also made note of his passing via Twitter: The Sun Belt Conference is saddened to hear of the passing of former commissioner, Vic Bubas. Creg Stephenson,, "Vic Bubas, first commissioner of Sun Belt Conference, dead at 91," 17 Apr. 2018 Customers who grew up visiting the toy store were saddened by the news and immediately shared their reactions online. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "Will Toys R Us Reopen? An Expert Weighs In on the Future of the Company," 3 Oct. 2018 We are saddened at the tragic loss of our good friend John McNamara and colleagues Gerald Fishman, Robert Hiaasen, Wendi Winters and Rebecca Smith. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles affiliate Baysox donating half of ticket proceeds from July 19 game to Capital Gazette funds," 13 July 2018 The Dollar General family is deeply saddened and heartbroken over the tragic loss of our employee in Indianapolis on Sunday, May 27. Indianapolis Star, "Reward offered for info leading to arrest in fatal shooting of Dollar General clerk," 12 June 2018 The Brockton Public Schools administration, faculty, and staff is shocked and saddened at the tragic and senseless loss on Monday of two innocent, young lives. Kc Baker,, "'Ritualistic' Killing Was Alleged Motive in Case of Mass. Mom Accused of Fatally Stabbing 2 Sons," 7 Feb. 2018 Collecting litter When walking in a beautiful urban park in Richmond, Va., I was saddened by the piles of trash that had gathered in the nooks between large rocks on a river. Anna Marden,, "5 tips for an eco-friendly road trip," 19 June 2018 Tutu added he was saddened that the allegations would tarnish the good work achieved by many thousands of people working for Oxfam. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Made for Freedom helps trafficking survivors," 13 Mar. 2018 It was rumored that the contractors, all friends of McCoy, were not greatly saddened by this. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "The Great American Racetrack War," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of sadden

1565, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of sadden

: to cause (someone) to be sad
: to become sad : to show sadness


sad·​den | \ ˈsa-dᵊn \
saddened; saddening

Kids Definition of sadden

: to make or become sad

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to deny responsibility for

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