blacken

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verb black·en \ˈbla-kən\

Definition of blacken

blackened

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blackening

play \ˈblak-niŋ, ˈbla-kə-\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become dark or black <the sky blackens>

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to make black

  5. 2 :  defame, sully <blackened her reputation>

blackener

play \ˈblak-nər, ˈbla-kə-\ noun

Examples of blacken in a sentence

  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

14th Century

First Known Use of blacken

14th century


BLACKEN Defined for English Language Learners

blacken

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verb black·en \ˈbla-kən\

Definition of blacken for English Language Learners

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

  • : to hurt the reputation of (someone or something)


BLACKEN Defined for Kids

blacken

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verb black·en \ˈbla-kən\

Definition of blacken for Students

blackened

blackening

  1. 1 :  to make or become dark or black <The storm blackened the sky.>

  2. 2 :  1spoil 2 <The scandal will blacken his reputation.>



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