darken

verb
dark·​en | \ ˈdär-kən How to pronounce darken (audio) \
darkened; darkening\ ˈdär-​kə-​niŋ How to pronounce darken (audio) \

Definition of darken

intransitive verb

1 : to grow dark : become obscured the skies were darkening
2 : to become gloomy his mood darkened

transitive verb

1 : to make dark
2 : to make less clear : obscure the financial crisis darkened the future of the company
3 : taint, tarnish darkened his reputation
4 : to cast a gloom over
5 : to make of darker color

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Other Words from darken

darkener \ ˈdär-​kə-​nər How to pronounce darken (audio) \ noun

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Examples of darken in a Sentence

The sky darkened and it started to rain. Her face darkens to a deep red when she gets angry. The wood will darken as it ages. The bad news darkened his mood. The last days of her life were darkened by illness. His mood darkened after he heard the bad news.
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Recent Examples on the Web An alloy of predominantly copper, with usually tin or other metals added, bronze is prone to oxidization that makes its surface darken and change over time. Daniel Bentley, Fortune, "3 bronze watches that deserve first place in your collection," 7 Feb. 2021 The Facebook version of the image has been altered to remove illuminating lights and darken the overall appearance of the scene. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Altered 2014 image used to make false White House blackout claim," 4 Feb. 2021 The picture won't darken much, but the highlights may be a bit blown out. Whitson Gordon, Wired, "Why HDR Looks Too Dark on Your TV, and How to Fix It," 25 Dec. 2020 Using a cell that contains fluorescent proteins, researchers zap the region in question with a laser to darken the molecules and then trace how long the fluorescence takes to diffuse back in from other parts of the cell. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Sloppy science or groundbreaking idea? Theory for how cells organize contents divides biologists," 21 Jan. 2021 Amazon suspended the pro-Trump social network Parler from its web-hosting service this weekend, a move that threatens to darken the site indefinitely after its users glorified the recent riot at the U.S. Capitol. Tony Romm, Rachel Lerman, Anchorage Daily News, "Amazon suspends Parler, threatening to take pro-Trump site offline indefinitely," 10 Jan. 2021 Now Even worse, some TVs actually darken the image to make up for their HDR failings. Whitson Gordon, Wired, "Why HDR Looks Too Dark on Your TV, and How to Fix It," 25 Dec. 2020 Add the capers, stir and cook, stirring constantly, until the shallots just begin to darken, about 2 minutes. Washington Post, "Tangy caper salsa perks up this quick-roasted trout," 24 Nov. 2020 Unrealistic expectations, memories and longing can darken your anguish and the holiday season. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "How to cope with grief during the holidays and a pandemic," 20 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of darken

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of darken was in the 14th century

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17 Feb 2021

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“Darken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/darken. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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darken

verb

English Language Learners 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

darken

verb
dark·​en | \ ˈdär-kən How to pronounce darken (audio) \
darkened; darkening

Kids Definition of darken

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

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