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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In a tweet this week, Mayor Martin J. Walsh summed up the community’s grief, saying he was saddened to learn of Muhammad’s passing. Meghan E. Irons,, "Roxbury, city mourn and celebrate the life of one of their own," 28 May 2018 Some were saddened by the image, but many were proud of Jackson for taking the time to do what's right. Morgan Baila,, "Paris Jackson Shares Heartbreaking Photo Of Vandalized "Michael Jackson" Star," 14 June 2018 Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Why "Provocative" Meghan Markle Photos Are Being Used To Hurt Kate Middleton," 13 June 2018 Parishioners were especially saddened for Saint Mary’s, Fadness said, because the situation colors the church’s extensive community services. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "Church: ‘No excuses’ for behavior described in priest’s child porn charges," 6 Feb. 2018 We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of our dear colleague and friend Andrey Privin. Karen Ann Cullotta,, "Buffalo Grove man dies after falling at Grand Canyon National Park," 9 July 2018 We are deeply saddened by Mr. Jackson’s passing and extend our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Katherine Jackson and the family. Washington Post, "Joe Jackson, patriarch of musical Jackson family, dies at 89," 27 June 2018 We are deeply saddened by Mr. Jackson’s passing and extend our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Katherine Jackson and the family. NBC News, "Joe Jackson, musical family patriarch, dies at 89," 27 June 2018 We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Jahseh (@xxxtentacion). Martin Vassolo, Rebecca Ellis And Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "XXXTentacion's great-grandmother mourns him as 'Hercules.' He had no enemies, lawyer says.," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of sadden

1565, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of sadden was in 1565

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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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alleviating pain or harshness

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