blacken

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verb black·en \ ˈbla-kən \

Definition of blacken

blackened; blackening play \ˈblak-niŋ, ˈbla-kə-\
intransitive verb
:to become dark or black
  • the sky blackens
transitive verb
1 :to make black
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

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First Known Use of blacken

14th century

blacken Synonyms


BLACKEN Defined for English Language Learners

blacken

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verb

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

play
verb black·en \ ˈbla-kən \

Definition of blacken for Students

blackened; blackening
1 :to make or become dark or black The storm blackened the sky.
2 :1spoil 2
  • The scandal will blacken his reputation.


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