• IPA: /ˈsædən/

sadden (saddens, present participle saddening; past and past participle saddened)

  1. (transitive) To make sad or unhappy.
    • 1717, Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard:
      Her gloomy presence saddens all the scene.
    It saddens me to think that I might have hurt someone.
  2. (intransitive, rare) To become sad or unhappy.
  3. (transitive, rare) To darken a color during dyeing.
  4. (transitive) To render heavy or cohesive.
    • Marl is binding, and saddening of land is the great prejudice it doth to clay lands.
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