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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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  • Donald Morrison to redden his hands with the blood of his fellow!

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • For Mrs. Denyse to redden visibly was manifestly impossible.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The girl was obviously not the type to redden, but her anger was manifest.

    Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Let my blood in another life also redden the impaling stake.

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

    Judith Lynn Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • "Yes, I will be here," said Jaime, giving Catalina a look which made her redden.

    The Dead Command

    Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • At sight of Larkin he halted in his tracks and began to redden.

    The Free Range

    Francis William Sullivan
  • He felt his face redden as at the hearing of 180 some horrible indecency.

    The Brown Mouse Herbert Quick
  • She began to redden, and pretended to examine the windows again.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for redden


to make or become red
(intransitive) to flush with embarrassment, anger, etc; blush
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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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