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sicken

[sik-uh n] /ˈsɪk ən/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or become sick.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English seknen, sicnen; cognate with Old Norse sjūkna. See sick1, -en1
Related forms
resicken, verb
unsickened, adjective
Synonyms
repulse, revolt, disgust, upset.
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  • Private sector employers are starting to reconsider the benefits they are able to pay if employees sicken or die in service.
  • Unlike humans, who can be infected with tuberculosis for years, mongooses appear to sicken and die immediately.
  • The narrator tries to invent a new language that won't sicken people.
  • Feces is filthy and any unknowing pedestrian can track this stuff into their house and sicken everyone.
  • But the desire not to sicken or offend the noncombatant public should not be among them.
  • Avoid local tap water, especially in developing countries, since the water may contain foreign bodies that can sicken a newcomer.
  • During the summer and autumn, many colonists began to sicken and die.
  • But unlike the bird, they won't sicken or die when exposed to the chemicals.
  • Food-borne illnesses sicken one in four people every year.
  • Scientists do not know whether the bound portion of the toxin can sicken people.
British Dictionary definitions for sicken

sicken

/ˈsɪkən/
verb
1.
to make or become sick, nauseated, or disgusted
2.
(intransitive) often foll by for. to show symptoms (of an illness)
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Word Origin and History for sicken
v.

c.1200, "to become ill," from sick (adj.) + -en (1). Transitive sense of "to make sick" is recorded from 1610s. Related: Sickened; sickening. The earlier verb was simply sick (Old English seocan) "to be ill, fall ill."

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