Definition of DARKEN

to take on a gloomy or forbidding look <his face slowly darkened as we told him the sad news>
Synonyms gloom, glower, lower (also lour)
Antonyms brighten, cheer (up), lighten, perk (up)
to grow dark <the sky darkened as a storm moved in>
Related Words dim, fade, wane; gloom, lower (also lour)
Near Antonyms dawn; beam, glow, radiate, shine
to make dark, dim, or indistinct <years of accumulated grime have darkened the painting until it can barely be seen>
Near Antonyms expose, reveal, uncover, unveil
to affect slightly with something morally bad or undesirable <posthumous revelations of marital infidelity have darkened the President's reputation somewhat>

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