sad·​den | \ ˈsa-dᵊn How to pronounce sadden (audio) \
saddened; saddening\ ˈsad-​niŋ How to pronounce saddening (audio) , 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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Tributes quickly rolled in from players, fans, media members, and teams, with everyone being so stunned and saddened by this terrible news. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "Mike Trout shares heartbreaking statement on the death of Tyler Skaggs: 'We love you, 45'," 1 July 2019 But at the same time we are surely shaken, angry and saddened by the cruelty, inequality and torrent of lies that confront us on a daily basis. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "'Broadway Bares' Raises a Record $2 Million With 'Freeing, Satisfying & Thrilling' 2019 Burlesque Benefit," 19 June 2019 Just last week, news alerts notified us of yet another tragedy, this time in Virginia Beach, that horrified and saddened the nation. Christina M. Reimer, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Colorado doctors need research to help them prevent gun deaths," 12 June 2019 The building is almost half a century old, and the rooms lend a glimpse into the past — nostalgic, yet saddening, to those who are old enough to remember how they were taught decades ago. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The writing is on the wall': UWM officials cautiously optimistic for new chemistry building," 11 June 2019 As a school community, we are saddened by the loss of Class of 2019 graduate, Leroy Hawkins III. Kaley Johnson, star-telegram, "17-year-old DeSoto high school football star killed in shooting in Dallas," 4 June 2019 Roll Tide buddy! 🙌🏾🐘 — Jamey Mosley (@IAm_JameFlame) June 7, 2019 Incredibly saddened by the news of the passing of our friend Walt Gary. Michael Casagrande |,, "Alabama superfan Walt Gary died, players share memories," 7 June 2019 Even the war’s simplest lesson, that Nazis are bad, finds critics, a development that would undoubtedly surprise and sadden the men of Omaha Beach and Point du Hoc. Jeffrey A. Engel, Twin Cities, "Jeffrey Engel: The lesson of D-Day for Americans today," 6 June 2019 The Queen also shared a message in light of the attack: I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry Respond to the Tragic Shootings in New Zealand," 15 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce sadden (audio) \
saddened; saddening

Kids Definition of sadden

: to make or become sad

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