Definition of sadden in US English:



[with object]
  • Cause to feel sorrow; make unhappy.

    ‘he was greatly saddened by the death of his only son’
    with object and infinitive ‘I was saddened to see their lack of commitment’
    • ‘While her death will sadden many, her life should be celebrated rather than mourned.’
    • ‘I am greatly saddened by incidents which reflect poorly upon the young people of Wallington.’
    • ‘Econ director David Lupton said they were shocked and saddened by her death.’
    • ‘Such deaths shock and sadden us all in their pointless cruelty.’
    • ‘Her death will sadden her fans, but her vast musical and political legacy that touched millions across the globe will live on.’
    • ‘The news of the death of Norris McWhirter will sadden everyone who knew him.’
    • ‘The news of her death has deeply saddened the cast and crew of the show.’
    • ‘Many people were saddened to hear of the death of Maureen Potter in Dublin last week.’
    • ‘That's why these events sadden me so greatly; not so much because they happened.’
    • ‘He says he is saddened that bureaucratic red tape has brought the event to an end.’
    • ‘Bolton cricket has been saddened by the death in hospital yesterday of Frank Baldwin.’
    • ‘The entire area is deeply shocked and saddened by this untimely and tragic death.’
    • ‘I looked deep into his eyes, and saw only emptiness, and I was greatly saddened by it.’
    • ‘Londonist was saddened to hear the news of the death of Sir John Mills over the weekend.’
    • ‘Beyond the tragedy of a brave man's death two aspects of this case sadden me.’
    • ‘As ever, it saddens me greatly to say goodbye to another edition of The Outside Scoop.’
    • ‘Unconnected in any way I was greatly saddened to learn of the death of George Harrison.’
    • ‘His death last week saddened me and all who had worked with him, for Mick was a truly likeable fellow.’
    • ‘News of his death at a relatively young age saddened his many friends in the local area.’
    • ‘I expect the death of network news saddens those who viewed the Evening News as a pillar of the day.’
    depress, dispirit, dishearten, grieve, desolate, discourage, upset, get down, bring down, cast down, dash, dampen someone's spirits, cast a gloom on, bring tears to someone's eyes, break someone's heart, make someone's heart bleed
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