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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More than 200 people in several Midwest states have been sickened by a parasite in food from plastic vegetable trays sold under the Del Monte brand. Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY, "More than 200 hit by parasite from Del Monte vegetables; symptoms can include 'explosive' bowel movements," 9 July 2018 In the largest outbreaks, hundreds have been sickened by blooms in reservoirs and lakes, and officials in some areas now routinely close water bodies used for recreation and post warnings when blooms occur. Tom James, chicagotribune.com, "Warming drives spread of toxic algae in U.S., researchers say," 22 June 2018 According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1,600 people in the U.S. are sickened by listeriosis each year, and about 260 victims die of the infection. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Stop & Shop Issues Recall for Listeria-Tainted Frozen Broccoli," 23 May 2018 An outbreak in California linked to travelers to Disneyland sickened 147 people in the U.S. in 2015. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "Washington State Becomes Latest Hot Spot in Measles Outbreak," 23 Jan. 2019 Mica Levi’s creaky, often atonal score is categorically sickening. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Smart scares for smart people," 31 Oct. 2018 Right now, salmonella sickens 1 million Americans each year and kills hundreds. Neil C. Olson, Fortune, "America’s Veterinarian Shortage Is Bad for Animals and Humans Alike," 5 June 2018 As of mid-May, there have been 172 people in 32 states sickened in the outbreak (at least 11 in Idaho), with 75 people hospitalized, according to the CDC. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Idaho man sues restaurant, says he was sickened by tainted romaine lettuce | Idaho Statesman," 24 May 2018 A day earlier, police found a bottle believed to be the source of the nerve agent that killed Dawn Sturgess and sickened Charlie Rowley in Amesbury. BostonGlobe.com, "6 dead after attackers target presidential palace," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of sicken

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

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The first known use of sicken was in the 13th century

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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 \
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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