sicken

verb
sick·​en | \ ˈsi-kən How to pronounce sicken (audio) \
sickened; sickening\ ˈsi-​kə-​niŋ How to pronounce sicken (audio) , ˈsik-​niŋ \

Definition of sicken

intransitive verb

1 : to become sick
2 : to become weary or satiated

transitive verb

1 : to make sick
2 : to cause revulsion in their prejudice sickens me

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Other Words from sicken

sickener \ ˈsi-​kə-​nər How to pronounce sicken (audio) , ˈsik-​nər \ noun

Examples of sicken in a Sentence

Many people sickened and died on the long voyage. The bacteria in the drinking water sickened the whole village. We were sickened by the reports of violence.
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Recent Examples on the Web Red tide, which is a harmful algae bloom, produces chemicals in the water that can sicken or kill marine life, Gloucester Shellfish Warden Peter Seminara said in a phone interview. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 The fire's proximity to a tank of hydrogen fluoride was the main motivation behind the mass evacuation, as the chemical can spread quickly and sicken or kill those who are exposed to it. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, 12 July 2021 Covid-19 is particularly tricky to contain because many infected people never develop symptoms yet can still sicken others. Jon Kamp, WSJ, 16 June 2021 The lake stinks, and signs go up warning that the toxic sludge can sicken children and kill pets. Emma Marris, The Atlantic, 5 June 2021 Scientists, though, worry that the variant could soon gain ground in unvaccinated pockets of the United States, where the virus continues to sicken and kill people at elevated rates. BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2021 Scientists, though, worry that the variant could soon gain ground in unvaccinated pockets of the United States, where the virus continues to sicken and kill people at elevated rates. New York Times, 5 June 2021 While trying to save humanity, Jeannine and Danice must also deal with competing bureaucracies, demands from their own families, and waves of fear and grief as their friends and colleagues sicken and die. Washington Post, 11 May 2021 The virus threatened to sicken large numbers of recruits at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and even halt the service’s ability to bring in new airmen. San Antonio Express-News, 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of sicken

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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23 Jul 2021

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“Sicken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sicken. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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sicken

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sicken

somewhat formal : to become sick or to cause (someone) to become sick
: to cause (someone) to feel disgusted or angry

sicken

verb
sick·​en | \ ˈsi-kən How to pronounce sicken (audio) \
sickened; sickening

Kids Definition of sicken

1 : to make or become sick or ill Many of the colonists sickened on the long voyage.
2 : to cause to feel disgusted or angry We were sickened by his cruelty.

sicken

transitive verb
sick·​en | \ ˈsik-ən How to pronounce sicken (audio) \

Medical Definition of sicken

: to make sick

intransitive verb

: to become sick

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