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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Recent Examples on the Web In 2008, tainted milk in China killed at least six babies and sickened about 300,000 others. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "China's Mengniu to buy baby formula maker Bellamy's for $1 billion," 16 Sep. 2019 The same disease killed a Kalamazoo County man last week and sickened Savanah Dehart, a 14-year-old girl from South Portage, who remains in a sleep-like state at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids. Kristen Jordan Shamus, USA TODAY, "Eastern equine encephalitis: Mom shares how she survived the rare mosquito-borne virus," 10 Sep. 2019 As of late July, the outbreak had sickened 127 people in 33 states. Kevin Tampone |, al, "Pig ear dog treats recalled over salmonella concerns," 19 Aug. 2019 The Minnesota Department of Health says an outbreak of hepatitis A has sickened people in a number of counties who use street drugs, are homeless or have recently been incarcerated. Katrina Pross, Twin Cities, "Minnesota homeless, drug users hit by hepatitis A outbreak, health department says," 8 Aug. 2019 Tuesday marks 23 years since members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult punctured plastic bags to release sarin nerve gas inside subway cars, sickening thousands and killing 13. Fox News, "Aum cult members face execution for Tokyo subway gas attack," 20 Mar. 2018 Three people in Michigan, however, have been sickened with the illness this year, one of whom died. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Rare mosquito-borne virus that can prove deadly in humans is found in Northern Indiana," 13 Sep. 2019 The storylines are enthralling, the outfits are sickening, and the balls? Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Pose Makeup Artist Sherri Laurence Chats With Us About Season Two," 20 Aug. 2019 Nearly 550 people were sickened and 53 had to be hospitalized. Sally Squires, Washington Post, "Frozen fruits and vegetables can carry foodborne illnesses. Here’s how to avoid them.," 31 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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27 Oct 2019

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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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