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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make or become sad.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make sad or unhappy.
  • v. To become sad or unhappy.
  • v. To darken a color during dyeing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To render heavy or cohesive.
  • transitive v. To make dull- or sad-colored, as cloth.
  • transitive v. To make grave or serious; to make melancholy or sorrowful.
  • intransitive v. To become, or be made, sad.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To become heavy, compact, or firm; harden, as land or roads after a thaw or rain.
  • To become sad or sorrowful.
  • To make compact; make heavy or firm; harden.
  • To make sad; depress; make gloomy or melancholy.
  • To make dark-colored; specifically, in dyeing and calico-printing, to tone down or shade (the colors employed) by the application of certain agents, as salts of iron, copper, or bichromate of potash.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make unhappy
  • v. come to feel sad

Etymologies

sad +‎ -en (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Just make sure you don't over-sad-iron the crape, or you will iron the crepe right out of it.

    July 21, 2015

  • Now damask has lost its bright glow
    And dimity's low as old calico.
    The poor saddened stuff
    Is sad-ironed enough
    To be fuller than crape is of woe.

    July 21, 2015

  • From the Century: "To make dark-colored; specifically, in dyeing and calico-printing, to tone down or shade (the colors employed) by the application of certain agents, as salts of iron, copper, or bichromate of potash."

    See stuffing.

    July 21, 2015

  • To become heavy, compact, or firm; harden, as land or roads after a thaw or rain. --CD&C

    March 16, 2013