AskDefine | Define sicken

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1 cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of; "The pornographic pictures sickened us" [syn: disgust, revolt, nauseate, churn up]
2 get sick; "She fell sick last Friday, and now she is in the hospital" [syn: come down]
3 upset and make nauseated; "The smell of the foood turned the pregnant woman's stomach"; "The mold ont he food sickened the diners" [syn: nauseate, turn one's stomach]
4 make sick or ill; "This kind of food sickens me"

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  1. To make ill.
    The infection will sicken him until amputation is needed.
  2. To become ill.
    I will sicken if I don’t get some more exercise.


  • French: rendre malade, tomber malade



sicken, sicket, sicka/sickna
  1. what a; expresses a (often strong) feeling such as surprise, disappointment; liking, disliking
    Sicken dag!
    What a day!


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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