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redden

[red-n]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make or cause to become red.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become red.
  2. to blush; flush.
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Origin of redden

First recorded in 1605–15; red1 + -en1
Related formsout·red·den, verb (used with object)
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Examples from the Web for redden

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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for redden

redden

verb
  1. to make or become red
  2. (intr) to flush with embarrassment, anger, etc; blush
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Word Origin and History for redden

v.

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

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