sick·​en | \ ˈsi-kən How to pronounce sicken (audio) \
sickened; sickening\ ˈsi-​kə-​niŋ How to pronounce sickening (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 sickener (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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At least one child has died and three others have been sickened after being exposed to E. coli at the San Diego County Fair, health officials said late this week. Fox News, "Child exposed to E. coli at San Diego County Fair dies, 3 others sickened: officials," 30 June 2019 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a weekend update said 17 people across eight states reported being sickened after eating flour, including three hospitalizations. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Pillsbury flour among the recalled brands in multistate E. coli outbreak," 17 June 2019 In May, Illinois health officials reported that 164 people had being sickened over the previous two months by tainted synthetic marijuana, and four people died. Robert Mccoppin,, "More people sickened by synthetic marijuana believed to be tainted with rat poison," 25 June 2018 People can be sickened from the toxins in the water or in tainted shellfish. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "Red tides, explained," 5 July 2019 Of those sickened so far, 24 were in New York, 14 were in Connecticut and 12 were in New Jersey. Fox News, "Salmonella outbreak linked to fresh papayas sickens at least 62 people in 8 states, CDC says," 1 July 2019 From January 1 to June 13 of this year, 1,044 people, mostly children, in 28 states have been sickened with the disease. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Fear, Misinformation, and Measles Spread in Brooklyn," 24 June 2019 At least 2,108 people have been sickened with the deadly hemorrhagic fever since the current outbreak was declared in August 2018, according to Congo’s health ministry. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "WHO Declines to Declare Ebola a Global Emergency in Congo," 14 June 2019 All that sweat and caring effort helps explain why the June 8 spill of potentially hazardous PFAS firefighting foam into the Farmington River hit Caruso and Button with sickening force. Gregory B. Hladky,, "Chemical spill in Farmington River a ‘sucker punch’ to people living along its banks," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of sicken

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

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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


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.
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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