Definition of sicken in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsikən/


1 [with object] Make (someone) feel disgusted or appalled: she was sickened by the bomb attack
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  • Having been raised on a rural farm in Norfolk, and now living in Stratford it sickens me to see blood sport taking place.
  • What really sickens me is when people say that they can't afford to support a child, there are millions of people who would gladly take the child off your hands!
  • The idea of bombing innocent people sickens us, as it should any civilized nation.
cause to feel sick/nauseous, make sick, turn someone's stomach, revolt, disgust
informal make someone want to throw up, gross out
1.1 [no object] archaic Feel disgust or horror: he sickened at the thought
2 [no object] Become ill: Dawson sickened unexpectedly and died in 1916
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  • People sicken and die unexpectedly, often just as the reader - like the writer - gets to know them.
  • How many hungered, sickened or died as a result?
  • Play on, Orsino tells his musicians about their love melodies, ‘that, surfeiting / The appetite may sicken, and so die.’
become ill, fall ill, be taken ill/sick, catch something

Words that rhyme with sicken

quicken, stricken, thicken, Wiccan

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Syllabification: sick·en

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