[ red-n ]
See synonyms for: reddenreddenedreddening on

verb (used with object)
  1. to make or cause to becomered.

verb (used without object)
  1. to become red.

  2. to blush; flush.

Origin of redden

First recorded in 1605–15; red1 + -en1

Other words from redden

  • outredden, verb (used with object)

Words Nearby redden Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use redden in a sentence

  • Here's a little bit from TNR's Molly redden on how she got there.

    Hagel and McCain | Michael Tomasky | February 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • He has a strong temper within him, and he can redden up beautifully all over when his equanimity is disturbed.

  • Koessler's theoretical initial dose of rag weed extract is one drop of the weakest dilution that will just redden the conjunctiva.

    The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
  • I think your nose has the impertinence to redden at home quite well as at the restaurant.

  • Then Betsy would redden and toss her head, for, like most girls in their early teens, she wished to be thought older than she was.

    Napoleon's Young Neighbor | Helen Leah Reed
  • Who indeed shall ever account for all the forces that have gone to redden its cheeks and sweeten its juices?

    Robert Annys: Poor Priest | Annie Nathan Meyer

British Dictionary definitions for redden


/ (ˈrɛdən) /

  1. to make or become red

  2. (intr) to flush with embarrassment, anger, etc; blush

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