Definition of laden in US English:



  • Heavily loaded or weighed down.

    ‘a tree laden with apples’
    in combination ‘the moisture-laden air’
    • ‘Fishing around in the store-room beside the studio, Val pulls out a paint-spattered tray laden with tubes of gooey oil paint in various shades of lemon and ochre.’
    • ‘You have been shopping hard at Xiangyang Lu Fashion Market for an hour or two and are heavily laden with bags of trendy clothing bargains.’
    • ‘His large brush strokes, heavily laden with paint, show with what assurance and speed the artist worked, setting dark against light tones to establish the solidity of his forms.’
    • ‘At first they looted, burned and pillaged and then sailed off back to Denmark or Norway, heavily laden with gold and slaves.’
    • ‘The script is so heavily laden with gags it can barely fit them in, and the acting is impeccable.’
    • ‘Thirteen minutes after taking off from Rufforth for a raid on Duisburg, Germany, a Halifax heavily laden with bombs crashed near Poppleton.’
    • ‘Heavily laden with booty, they had to face hunger and intense cold.’
    • ‘The small cove is at the bottom of a very steep cliff road that is slippery when wet, and a car, heavily laden with dive equipment, can find getting up or down a struggle.’
    • ‘Two of them, with helmets on and heavily laden with rifles and bulletproof vests, saunter over to us, wanting to know why a group of women has gathered here.’
    • ‘Any economic downturn in the US would have a severe impact, given that the country's banking and financial system is heavily laden with bad debts.’
    • ‘Her foreign policy during the 1590s has a curiously maternal side, best seen in her extensive correspondence with Henry and James, heavily laden with good wishes and advice.’
    • ‘Instead we went to the car park outside the church where we are to be married in 28 days time and took some pictures of the trees and bushes heavily laden with snow.’
    • ‘Oftentimes, I was amazed at his strength as he carried metal trays heavily laden with a dozen or more full 2 litre milk bottles.’
    • ‘The sausages were so overcooked they tasted like salami, while the mash was so heavily laden with mustard you could probably start your own bomb factory with it.’
    • ‘I remember that the tree was heavily laden with mangoes that day, and we both climbed the tree and picked some of the succulent fruit.’
    • ‘Choosing victims heavily laden with carrier bags, he would throw a few coins on the floor and then tell them that they had dropped their money.’
    • ‘The little Irish maid entered, burdened with a tray laden with breakfast.’
    • ‘But names such as The Devils, The Angels, or The Saints would have been accepted despite the fact that they are heavily laden with religious connections.’
    • ‘Hughes' image of the psychic journey Oedipus must undertake, groping his way toward the final and horrible truth of his own actions, is heavily laden with guilt.’
    • ‘The company is understood to be heavily laden with debt following recent investments.’
    loaded, burdened, weighed down, overloaded, weighted, piled high, fully charged, encumbered, hampered, oppressed, taxed
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Late 16th century: past participle of lade.