sad·​den | \ ˈsa-dᵊn How to pronounce sadden (audio) \
saddened; saddening\ ˈsad-​niŋ How to pronounce sadden (audio) , ˈsa-​dᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of sadden

transitive verb

: to make sad

intransitive verb

: to become sad

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Leave one unfraudulent hope, one affection like curtains blown open in wind, whose minutes, seconds, fragrance, choices, won’t sadden the heart to recall. Jane Hirshfield, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2022 The story of Eva Hesse’s short life and brilliant career as one of America’s greatest 20th-century abstract sculptors is saturated by tragedies that still have the power to sadden and shock. Steven Litt, cleveland, 3 Apr. 2022 But that’s revealed not to sadden us so much as to awaken us, to remind us that our memories must be cultivated and exercised as much as any craft or skill. Todd Martens Game Critic, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 Stories of slave revolts at once inspire and sadden me. New York Times, 16 June 2021 And perhaps that should sadden all of us some, and not just because of what all that self-destructive behavior took from Maradona, who died less than six weeks shy of his 61st birthday. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2020 We are saddened that some people find anything connected with the Confederacy to be offensive. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, 11 June 2020 New England Patriots ✔ @Patriots We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Patriot Reche Caldwell. NBC News, 7 June 2020 After four decades of coming to Iowa for the caucuses, I will be saddened by their likely elimination in 2024. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 4 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of sadden

1565, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Sadden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for sadden


sad·​den | \ ˈsa-dᵊn How to pronounce sadden (audio) \
saddened; saddening

Kids Definition of sadden

: to make or become sad

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