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

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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 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, "Soccer newsletter: Remembering Diego Maradona," 1 Dec. 2020 We are saddened that some people find anything connected with the Confederacy to be offensive. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Ducey calls for 'public process' to decide fate of Confederate monument at state Capitol," 11 June 2020 New England Patriots ✔ @Patriots We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Patriot Reche Caldwell. NBC News, "Former NFL wide receiver Reche Caldwell dead at 41," 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, "The Iowa Caucuses Are Dead," 4 Feb. 2020 We are extremely saddened to announce today that Float Fest 2019 is being cancelled. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Float Fest 2019 Canceled Due to Production Issues at New Event Site," 21 June 2019 And the idea of that closing down is what saddens me. Condé Nast Traveler, "All Our Complicated Feelings About Travel Right Now: Women Who Travel Podcast," 21 Apr. 2020 Like most high school/college seniors, I’m saddened by the loss of milestone events, prom & graduation. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "High School Seniors Want Obama To Deliver Virtual Address To Class Of 2020," 16 Apr. 2020 Read on and be inspired—and sometimes saddened—by their responses—the things achieved and the struggles still ahead. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Things We’ve Learned About the Earth Since the First Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020

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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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10 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sadden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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