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 formsout·red·den, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for redden

Contemporary Examples of redden

Historical Examples of redden

  • 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.


    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



to make or become red
(intr) 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