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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We are deeply saddened by the loss of Officer Diego Moreno. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Washington police officer killed after being struck by patrol vehicle during pursuit, officials say," 2 Oct. 2018 The Brothers of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Polly Rogers. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Frat chapter suspended in wake of student's deadly fall from party bus," 3 May 2018 We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our client and dear friend Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose great talent, humility and kindness enriched our lives immeasurably. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Jóhann Jóhannsson, Oscar-Nominated Composer, Dies at 48," 10 Feb. 2018 Feldman’s firm said in a statement on its website that it was deeply saddened by the paralegals’ deaths. Matt Pearce,, "Arizona counselor who survived rampage: 'I was his target.' And she was not surprised," 6 June 2018 Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis: Deeply saddened by the loss of a hero to her profession, agency, family and community., "What they're saying about the Baltimore County officer killed in Perry Hall," 21 May 2018 Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi. Huizhong Wu, CNN, "India overpass collapse kills at least 15 in Varanasi," 16 May 2018 Phoenix Desert Vista is shocked and saddened by the death of senior volleyball player Alex DePriest on Tuesday. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Desert Vista, Ahwatukee community reeling over death of volleyball player Alex DePriest," 4 Apr. 2018 Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Celebrities Are Paying Tribute to Anthony Bourdain After His Death," 8 June 2018

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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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