Definition of redden in English:



  • 1Make or become red.

    [with object] ‘bare arms reddened by sun and wind’
    [no object] ‘the sky is reddening’
    • ‘The remains of the night passed in sighs, and when dawn reddened the eastern sky, I had not even glimpsed a dream of you.’
    • ‘The drink simultaneously quenches, refreshes and reddens his lips.’
    • ‘My skin was still stinging from the heat and when I looked at my grandmother I saw, with horror, that her arms were reddened too.’
    • ‘Croft watched the sky redden and hoped the weather would continue to hold.’
    • ‘People with this condition often find that besides being dry, their skin is reddened (inflamed).’
    • ‘The purple hue spread over the blue, reddening the clouds.’
    • ‘She ducked her head against his shoulder, out of the wind that stung her eyes and reddened her cheeks.’
    • ‘The muscles tighten and narrow, causing the lining to swell, redden and produce mucus, making breathing difficult.’
    • ‘The influenza challenge caused the infected paws to redden and swell.’
    • ‘Gently fry the dried chilli flakes, paprika and dried shrimp in the oil until the oil reddens a little.’
    • ‘The ochre was later used by the kitchen staff of the hotel for reddening the fireplaces.’
    • ‘His body sported deep gashes which bled freely, reddening his shirt.’
    • ‘The sky began to redden as evening drew closer, gradually fading to black, the clouds massed above warning of bad weather to come and blocked out the full moon and twinkling stars.’
    • ‘There was a scratch or two, reddening the skin, but nothing more.’
    • ‘When rosacea reddens your face, it can also embarrass you professionally.’
    • ‘His blond hair was buzzed close to his scalp, and his complexion was reddened slightly from the sun, giving his head the look of a bad-tempered peach.’
    • ‘The light spills on to the darkened street and the warmth reddens my cheeks in seconds.’
    • ‘A hand flew out of nowhere and slapped me on a cheek, reddening it.’
    • ‘I had time to see everything about her - her sacking apron, her clumsy clogs, her arms reddened by the cold.’
    • ‘Hand eczema can redden and crack hands, covering them with itchy, scaly patches.’
    colour red, make red
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    1. 1.1[no object](of a person) blush.
      ‘Lyn reddened at the description of herself’
      • ‘I could see him flush and redden, even in the dark.’
      • ‘He was reddening as every second passed, and his brows were creased.’
      • ‘The young captain reddened imperceptibly, and his smile got wider.’
      • ‘The boy reddened slightly, ‘He would have sent me in a huge company, the way you send old people, or infants.’’
      • ‘Kate completely reddened at his acknowledgment of his presence in their conversation.’
      • ‘The black-haired boy reddened slightly, but he turned back to the nurse and nodded.’
      • ‘Christopher reddened and he hastily took a step backward.’
      • ‘It made his father redden and his brothers blanch.’
      • ‘The boys reddened, but unfortunately held their ground.’
      • ‘I felt my cheeks turning hot, as in seriously hot, and at the corner of my eye, saw Josh redden slightly.’
      • ‘Abby smirked at them, to which Kate just reddened slightly.’
      • ‘And then he'd come over, and she'd reddened, feeling as if he'd been able to see where her thoughts had been to.’
      • ‘Aidan shrugged and turned away from him, but Darren saw her face redden as she blushed.’
      • ‘Ryan reddened in his light anger and embarrassment.’
      • ‘He bowed at the waist as Sandra reddened, then sped off down the hallway.’
      • ‘A titter of giggles issued from everyone as Amy reddened.’
      • ‘I blushed and reddened even further when Heath winked at me before walking off to class.’
      • ‘She reddened a bit before responding, ‘No really, I have never taken anything without paying.’’
      • ‘Michael reddened, and Pete turned away, seething.’
      • ‘Pamela reddened, looked down and shook her head.’
      go red, turn red, go crimson, go pink, go scarlet, turn crimson, turn pink, turn scarlet, blush, flush, colour, colour up, crimson, burn
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    2. 1.2[no object](of the eyes) become pink at the rims as a result of crying.
      ‘the reddened eyes filled afresh’
      • ‘The beast screamed, its eyes reddened with pain, and flailed its leg wildly in an attempt to dislodge the feline.’
      • ‘She looked straight at me, her eyes reddening from tears.’
      • ‘His eyes are dazed and reddened, and he's breathing heavily.’
      • ‘She wiped her reddened eyes looking at the card.’
      • ‘The rims of his deep black eyes began to redden.’
      • ‘He could see his reddened eyes, and Ethan next to him.’
      • ‘She looked back at Neesha, her eyes reddened with the sadness she held inside of her for so long.’
      • ‘By the end of her sentence tears have welled up around my reddening eyes.’
      • ‘His face was flushed, and he had dark rings below the reddened eyes that were sunk deep into his face.’
      • ‘Clara sniffed and looked at him with reddened eyes.’
      • ‘Angie was silent, her eyes, small and reddened, kept carefully away from him.’
      • ‘He moved me a step backwards, not roughly, and held my shoulders in his hands, looking into my reddened eyes.’
      • ‘Lex was asleep on his bed, his eyes still reddened, his face streaked with tears.’
      • ‘At least the two boys got to sit on their father's lap as he sat in the prisoner's box, she said, clutching her head scarf, her eyes slightly reddened.’
      • ‘His eyes started to redden as he remembered the tickets to the movie he was supposed to watch with Chrom and Pete.’
      • ‘‘There,’ she said after she finished with the braid, and tried her best to throw a smile even as her eyes reddened with tears.’
      • ‘He looked at her through eyes reddened from a combination of alcohol and disappointment.’
      • ‘Alex said nothing, and if anything, tears only poured more freely from her reddening eyes.’
      • ‘Laura stood beside Kemp, her eyes reddened, sniffling, her hand on his arm.’
      • ‘She looked up at him, broken, eyes reddened and wavering in desperation, lips parted slightly.’