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adjective \ˈdärk\

Simple Definition of dark

  • : having very little or no light

  • : not light in color : of a color that is closer to black than white

  • of a color : having more black than white : not light

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dark

  1. 1 a :  devoid or partially devoid of light :  not receiving, reflecting, transmitting, or radiating light <a dark room> b :  transmitting only a portion of light <dark glasses>

  2. 2 a :  wholly or partially black <dark clothing> b of a color :  of low or very low lightness c :  being less light in color than other substances of the same kind <dark rum>

  3. 3 a :  arising from or showing evil traits or desires :  evil <the dark powers that lead to war> b :  dismal, gloomy <had a dark view of the future> c :  lacking knowledge or culture :  unenlightened <a dark period in history> d :  relating to grim or depressing circumstances <dark humor>

  4. 4 a :  not clear to the understanding b :  not known or explored because of remoteness <the darkest reaches of the continent>

  5. 5 :  not fair in complexion :  swarthy

  6. 6 :  secret <kept his plans dark>

  7. 7 :  possessing depth and richness <a dark voice>

  8. 8 :  closed to the public <the theater is dark in the summer>


play \ˈdär-kish\ adjective





Examples of dark in a sentence

  1. She sat in the dark room alone.

  2. Soon it will be dark enough to see the stars.

  3. It was a dark and stormy night.

  4. Dark clouds of smoke were coming from the windows.

  5. She's wearing a dark suit to the interview.

  6. a man wearing dark clothing

  7. You've got dark circles under your eyes this morning.

  8. dark spots on the skin

Origin and Etymology of dark

Middle English derk, from Old English deorc; akin to Old High German tarchannen to hide

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of dark

obscure, dark, vague, enigmatic, cryptic, ambiguous, equivocal mean not clearly understandable. obscure implies a hiding or veiling of meaning through some inadequacy of expression or withholding of full knowledge <obscure poems>. dark implies an imperfect or clouded revelation often with ominous or sinister suggestion <muttered dark hints of revenge>. vague implies a lack of clear formulation due to inadequate conception or consideration <a vague sense of obligation>. enigmatic stresses a puzzling, mystifying quality <enigmatic occult writings>. cryptic implies a purposely concealed meaning <cryptic hints of hidden treasure>. ambiguous applies to language capable of more than one interpretation <an ambiguous directive>. equivocal applies to language left open to differing interpretations with the intention of deceiving or evading <moral precepts with equivocal phrasing>.




Simple Definition of dark

  • the dark : a state in which no light can be seen

  • : a place where little or no light can be seen

  • : the time of day when night begins : the time when the sky becomes dark for the night

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dark

  1. 1 a :  a place or time of little or no light :  night, nightfall b :  absence of light :  darkness

  2. 2 :  a dark or deep color

in the dark

  1. 1 :  in secrecy <most of his dealings were done in the dark>

  2. 2 :  in ignorance <kept the public in the dark about the agreement>

Examples of dark in a sentence

  1. He's 12 years old and still afraid of the dark.

  2. The burglars hid in the dark between the two buildings.

  3. He bought the kids special rings that glow in the dark.

  4. We'd better get home before dark.

  5. They waited until after dark to begin their escape.

  6. He uses lots of darks in his decorating.

  7. Wash the lights and the darks separately.

13th Century

First Known Use of dark

13th century




Definition of dark


  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to grow dark

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to make dark

14th Century

First Known Use of dark

14th century

DARK Defined for Kids



adjective \ˈdärk\

Definition of dark for Students



  1. 1 :  without light or without much light <a dark closet>

  2. 2 :  not light in color <My dog has a dark coat.>

  3. 3 :  not bright and cheerful :  gloomy <Don't look on the dark side of things.>

  4. 4 :  arising from or characterized by evil <The villain revealed his dark side.>




Definition of dark for Students

  1. 1 :  absence of light :  darkness <I'm not afraid of the dark.>

  2. 2 :  a place or time of little or no light <We got home before dark.>

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to permeate or influence as if by dyeing

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