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laden

[leyd-n] /ˈleɪd n/
adjective
1.
burdened; loaded down.
verb (used with object)
2.
to lade.
Origin of laden
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; lade + -en3, -en1
Related forms
unladen, adjective

lade

[leyd] /leɪd/
verb (used with object), laded, laden or laded, lading.
1.
to put (something) on or in, as a burden, load, or cargo; load.
2.
to load oppressively; burden (used chiefly in the passive):
laden with many responsibilities.
3.
to fill or cover abundantly (used chiefly in the passive):
trees laden with fruit; a man laden with honors.
4.
to lift or throw in or out, as a fluid, with a ladle or other utensil.
verb (used without object), laded, laden or laded, lading.
5.
to take on a load.
6.
to lade a liquid.
Origin
before 900; Middle English laden, Old English hladan to load, draw up (water); cognate with Dutch laden, German laden, Old Norse hlatha to load. Cf. ladle
Related forms
lader, noun
Can be confused
lade, laid.
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  • They returned home just as it was growing dark, laden with basket and portmanteau.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • A little whatnot in one corner was laden with the trophies of battle.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • The trees were just breaking into leaf, and the air was laden with a subtle odour of spring.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • In a few minutes Von Holzen returned, laden with bottles and jars.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • He lifted his head and sniffed the flaccid air, which was laden with a heavy odour.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for laden

laden

/ˈleɪdən/
verb
1.
a past participle of lade1
adjective
2.
weighed down with a load; loaded
3.
encumbered; burdened

lade1

/leɪd/
verb lades, lading, laded, laden (ˈleɪdən), laded
1.
to put cargo or freight on board (a ship, etc) or (of a ship, etc) to take on cargo or freight
2.
(transitive; usually passive) and foll by with. to burden or oppress
3.
(transitive; usually passive) and foll by with. to fill or load
4.
to remove (liquid) with or as if with a ladle
Derived Forms
lader, noun
Word Origin
Old English hladen to load; related to Dutch laden

lade2

/led; leɪd/
noun
1.
(Scot) a watercourse, esp a millstream
Word Origin
of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for laden
adj.

"loaded, weighted down," 1590s, from the original past participle of lade.

lade

v.

Old English hladan (past tense hlod, past participle gehladen) "to load, heap" (the general Germanic sense), also "to draw water" (a meaning peculiar to English), from Proto-Germanic *khlad- (cf. Old Norse hlaða, Old Saxon hladan, Middle Dutch and Dutch laden, Old Frisian hlada "to load," Old High German hladen, German laden), from PIE *kla- "to spread out flat" (cf. Lithuanian kloti "to spread," Old Church Slavonic klado "to set, place").

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