verb black·en \ˈbla-kən\

: to make something dark or black or to become dark or black

: to hurt the reputation of (someone or something)

black·enedblack·en·ing \ˈblak-niŋ, ˈbla-kə-\

Full Definition of BLACKEN

intransitive verb
:  to become dark or black <the sky blackens>
transitive verb
:  to make black
:  defame, sully <blackened her reputation>
black·en·er \ˈblak-nər, ˈbla-kə-\ noun

Examples of BLACKEN

  1. Fire had blackened the field.
  2. The sky blackened as the storm approached.
  3. Their false accusations failed to blacken my reputation.
  4. a presidency blackened by scandal

First Known Use of BLACKEN

14th century

Rhymes with BLACKEN

BLACKEN Defined for Kids


verb black·en \ˈbla-kən\

Definition of BLACKEN for Kids

:  to make or become dark or black <The storm blackened the sky.>
:  1spoil 2 <The scandal will blacken his reputation.>


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