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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Recent Examples on the Web Shocked & saddened by this utterly tragic incident in Grays. Sean Davies, (basildon, USA TODAY, "39 people have been found dead in a truck container in southeast England, UK police say," 23 Oct. 2019 West Ham captain Mark Noble has admitted he is still saddened by the club's decision to sell James Tomkins to Crystal Palace back in 2016., "Mark Noble Admits He Still Regrets West Ham's Decision to Sell James Tomkins to Crystal Palace," 6 Oct. 2019 Alban grew into those shoes, came to know customers and employees over the years, and is consequently saddened to have to say goodbye. Jon Kelvey,, "The Treat Shop closes after more than a half-century in Westminster," 27 Sep. 2019 The Postal Service is shocked and saddened by the events that occurred yesterday in the Midland-Odessa area. Fox News, "Mail carrier, 29, among 7 killed in Texas shooting rampage, Postal Service announces," 2 Sep. 2019 Mourners gathered Tuesday to praise Malachi Lawson, whose beautiful smile warmed friends and family, but whose tragic, brutal death shocked and saddened the city. Mckenna Oxenden,, "Family says goodbye to 4-year old Baltimore boy with songs, praise and a comic book in a tearful service," 13 Aug. 2019 The club is deeply saddened by the passing of Cafu's son, Danilo. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Son of Brazil World Cup Winner Cafu Dies of a Heart Attack While Playing Soccer," 5 Sep. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Reddit readers were naturally saddened by the story. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Grandpa and His Pet Rainbow Bird 'Dolly' Reunite After She Was Stolen Along With His Car," 1 July 2019 We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Neiron Ball on September 10, 2019 at 4:15 am. Jerry Mcdonald, The Denver Post, "Former Raider Neiron Ball dies at 27 after battle with rare brain condition," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sadden

1565, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of sadden was in 1565

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How to pronounce sadden (audio)

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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