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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of darken

darkened

darkening

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

darkener

play \-kə-nər\ noun

Examples of darken in a sentence

  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



DARKEN Defined for Kids

darken

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verb dark·en \ˈdär-kən\

Definition of darken for Students

darkened

darkening

  1. 1 :  to make or grow dark or darker <… in three months the long Arctic night that lasted for sixty-six days would darken the top of the world. — Jean Craighead George, Julie of the Wolves>

  2. 2 :  to make or become gloomy <Her mood darkened with the news.>





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