sicken

verb
sick·en | \ ˈsi-kən \
sickened; sickening\ˈsi-kə-niŋ, 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, 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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Vibrio usually infects a person who eats raw or undercooked shellfish but can also sicken a person who has an open wound in salt water. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Flesh-eating bacteria may cost a man all his limbs. He got it while crabbing, family says," 10 July 2018 In that update, the CDC said 210 people across 36 states were sickened by E. coli O157, and five people died, making it the worst outbreak in more than a decade. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "America’s Enduring Failure to Prevent Food-Borne Illness," 9 July 2018 However, Rowley and Sturgess were likely not directly targeted; rather, they were apparently sickened as a byproduct of the previous attack, officials said. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "UK police officer seeks medical treatment in connection with nerve agent attack, hospital says," 7 July 2018 Forensic searches were due to be carried out at the Amesbury home where Sturgess and Rowley collapsed, and other sites the couple visited before they were sickened. Matt Dunham And Gregory Katz, chicagotribune.com, "British police race to find source of new nerve agent poisoning," 6 July 2018 Forensic searches were due to be carried out at the Amesbury home where Sturgess and Rowley collapsed, and other sites the couple visited before they were sickened. Washington Post, "UK police race to find source of new nerve agent poisoning," 6 July 2018 Like the Skripals, Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley were sickened by the nerve agent novichok, British police said. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Two More Britons Poisoned by Nerve Agent Used on Ex-Spy," 5 July 2018 But Pedro sickened his chivalrous benefactor by cold-bloodedly murdering his prisoners and failed to pay his share of the expedition’s costs. Stephen Brumwell, WSJ, "‘The Black Prince’ Review: When Knighthood Was in Flower," 6 June 2018 Though sad and sickening, these sorts of attacks are exceptionally rare; in Washington, this is only the second recorded puma-related fatality in the last 94 years. National Geographic, "Cougar That Killed Cyclist Was Underweight, Likely Desperate," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of sicken

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

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sicken

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sicken

: to become sick or to cause (someone) to become sick

: to cause (someone) to feel disgusted or angry

sicken

verb
sick·en | \ ˈsi-kən \
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.

sick·en | \ ˈsik-ən \

Medical Definition of sicken 

: to make sick

intransitive verb

: to become sick

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