Definition of sicken in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪk(ə)n/


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.
nauseate, make someone feel nauseous, make someone sick, turn someone's stomach, make someone's gorge rise, make someone's stomach rise, revolt, disgust, appal, repel, repulse, be repugnant to, offend
informal make someone want to throw up
North American informal 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, be taken sick, catch something;
relapse, have/suffer a relapse, worsen, deteriorate, weaken, fail, sink
2.1 (sicken for) Begin to show symptoms of (a particular illness): I hope I’m not sickening for a cold
become ill with, fall ill with, be taken ill with, show symptoms of, become infected with, get, catch, develop, pick up, contract, come down with, be struck down with, be stricken with;
British  go down with
informal take ill with
North American informal take sick with

Words that rhyme with sicken

quicken, stricken, thicken, Wiccan

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