sicken

[sik-uhn]

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become sick.

Origin of sicken

1150–1200; Middle English seknen, sicnen; cognate with Old Norse sjūkna. See sick1, -en1
Related formsre·sick·en, verbun·sick·ened, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for sicken

sicken

verb

to make or become sick, nauseated, or disgusted
(intr often foll by for) to show symptoms (of an illness)
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Word Origin and History for sicken
v.

c.1200, "to become ill," from sick (adj.) + -en (1). Transitive sense of "to make sick" is recorded from 1610s. Related: Sickened; sickening. The earlier verb was simply sick (Old English seocan) "to be ill, fall ill."

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