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darken

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verb dark·en \ˈdär-kən\

Simple Definition of darken

  • : to make (something) dark or to become dark or darker in color

  • : to make (something) less happy or to become less happy

Full Definition of darken

dark·eneddark·en·ing play \ˈdär-kə-niŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to grow dark :  become obscured <the skies were darkening>

  3. 2 :  to become gloomy <his mood darkened>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to make dark

  6. 2 :  to make less clear :  obscure <the financial crisis darkened the future of the company>

  7. 3 :  taint, tarnish <darkened his reputation>

  8. 4 :  to cast a gloom over

  9. 5 :  to make of darker color

dark·en·er play \-kə-nər\ noun

Examples of darken

  1. The sky darkened and it started to rain.

  2. Her face darkens to a deep red when she gets angry.

  3. The wood will darken as it ages.

  4. The bad news darkened his mood.

  5. The last days of her life were darkened by illness.

  6. His mood darkened after he heard the bad news.



14th Century

First Known Use of darken

14th century

Rhymes with darken




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