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[red-n] /ˈrɛd n/
verb (used with object)
to make or cause to become red.
verb (used without object)
to become red.
to blush; flush.
Origin of redden
First recorded in 1605-15; red1 + -en1
Related forms
outredden, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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  • Once, after Mr. Winkler had fastened his pet out of doors, Wango broke away, and hid in Mrs. redden's candy shop.

  • Let my blood in another life also redden the impaling stake.

  • The girl was obviously not the type to redden, but her anger was manifest.

    Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • They worked on, for the most part silently, until daylight began to redden the east.

    Judith Lynn Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • Nappy Gordon's face was beginning to redden from the continual massage of Frankie's brisk left and occasional right.

    Vital Ingredient Gerald Vance
  • "Yes, I will be here," said Jaime, giving Catalina a look which made her redden.

    The Dead Command Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • We could both have cried, if we hadn't feared to spoil our eyes and redden our noses!

    Everyman's Land C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • At sight of Larkin he halted in his tracks and began to redden.

    The Free Range Francis William Sullivan
  • Her breast began to rise and fall tumultuously, and her cheeks slowly to redden.

British Dictionary definitions for redden


to make or become red
(intransitive) to flush with embarrassment, anger, etc; blush
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for redden

"become red; make red," late 14c., from red (adj.1) + -en (1). Old English had readian, reodian "become red." Related: Reddened; reddening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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