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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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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Recent Examples on the Web

Watching this wicked disease destroy such a stately specimen is sickening. Walter Reeves, ajc, "Invasive stiltgrass loves moisture and shade," 13 June 2018 This is dark economic fiction, whose riches-to-rags rollercoaster is slightly sickening, but biting and funny along the way. WSJ, "Five Best: Lionel Shriver," 4 May 2018 This was never about Hannity vs. Jimmy Kimmel, here’s why: The level of vitriol against President Trump and his family is really sickening. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sean Hannity Responds to Jimmy Kimmel's "Forced, Disney" Apology, Invites ABC Host to His Show," 10 Apr. 2018 About 225 people have been sickened from Cyclospora outbreaks in Wisconsin this year, with many of the cases tied to Del Monte vegetable trays sold at Kwik Trip stores. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin included in Cyclospora outbreak tied to McDonald's salads," 14 July 2018 That outbreak has sickened 227 people in four states; Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Maggie Fox /, NBC News, "61 sick in parasite outbreak linked to McDonald's salads," 14 July 2018 Two people in Kentucky and one person in Ohio have been sickened by Honey Smacks. Sarah Brookbank,, "Honey Smacks recall: 100 salmonella infections in 33 states," 13 July 2018 In November 2004, three dogs were sickened after eating mussels from Spa Creek. Tim Prudente,, "Explosion of false dark mussels revives hopes for clearer waters and concern for dogs in Anne Arundel County," 11 July 2018 At least 75 of those sickened have been hospitalized, and 20 have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. Debra Goldschmidt, CNN, "E. coli cases rise, but it's 'unlikely' contaminated lettuce still available," 16 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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Phrases Related to sicken

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English Language Learners Definition of sicken

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

: to cause (someone) to feel disgusted or angry


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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