sicken

verb

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

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
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Hundreds of people died and more than 3,000 have been sickened from asbestos exposure in the Libby area, according to researchers and health officials. Matthew Brown and Amy Beth Hanson, Quartz, 7 Apr. 2024 The sum of chronically ill includes the millions of Americans estimated to be newly sickened by long Covid, as well as others who have been sick for years. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 15 Mar. 2024 Teamsters Local 911, the union representing the department’s inspectors, says the long-simmering internal dysfunction threatens both employees and the eating public — who expect to enjoy their food, not be sickened by it. Rebecca Ellis, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2024 But that was before a different catastrophe hit: the hepatitis A outbreak that killed 20 people and sickened nearly 600. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Mar. 2024 In 2019, the state eliminated religious and other nonmedical exemptions to vaccine mandates for schoolchildren, following a series of major measles outbreaks that sickened more than 1,100 people. Natalie Kainz, NBC News, 18 Jan. 2024 Related article Nearly 140 people on cruise ship Queen Victoria sickened with gastrointestinal illness As the ship’s fire response team worked to extinguish the blaze, the cruise’s captain turned the ship toward an area of heavy rain to help put out the flames, the release states. David Williams, CNN, 24 Mar. 2024 Dairy products made by Rizo Lopez Foods are the source of the listeria outbreak that has killed two people and sickened more than two dozen since 2014, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jonel Aleccia, Twin Cities, 9 Feb. 2024 Read Next California Toxic algae is sickening hundreds of dolphins, sea lions. Daniella Segura, Sacramento Bee, 6 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Sicken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sicken. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

sicken

verb
sick·​en ˈsik-ən How to pronounce sicken (audio)
sickened; sickening -(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce sicken (audio)
: to make or become sick

Medical Definition

sicken

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

intransitive verb

: to become sick

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