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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We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hollywood Mourns the Death of 90210 and Riverdale Star Luke Perry," 5 Mar. 2019 Very saddened by the tragic forest fires in Greece. Umair Irfan, Vox, "In Sweden, Latvia, and Greece, wildfires are spreading amid a brutal heat wave.," 25 July 2018 So very saddened by this - my heart goes out to her husband and 13 year old daughter . Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Fashion Designer Kate Spade Remembered by Josh Groban, Chelsea Clinton & More: See the Tweets," 5 June 2018 The entire FiscalNote family is shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Wendy Martinez, our Chief of Staff, was killed last night. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Jogger stabbed to death in Washington, DC, collapses in takeout restaurant as attacker flees, cops say," 19 Sep. 2018 I‘m deeply saddened to learn of Judge George Leighton’s passing. Ese Olumhense,, "George Leighton, Chicago judge for whom criminal courthouse is named, dies at 105," 6 June 2018 The Sun Belt also made note of his passing via Twitter: The Sun Belt Conference is saddened to hear of the passing of former commissioner, Vic Bubas. Creg Stephenson,, "Vic Bubas, first commissioner of Sun Belt Conference, dead at 91," 17 Apr. 2018 Customers who grew up visiting the toy store were saddened by the news and immediately shared their reactions online. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "Will Toys R Us Reopen? An Expert Weighs In on the Future of the Company," 3 Oct. 2018 We are saddened at the tragic loss of our good friend John McNamara and colleagues Gerald Fishman, Robert Hiaasen, Wendi Winters and Rebecca Smith. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles affiliate Baysox donating half of ticket proceeds from July 19 game to Capital Gazette funds," 13 July 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 How to pronounce sadden (audio) \
saddened; saddening

Kids Definition of sadden

: to make or become sad

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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