darken

verb dark·en \ ˈdär-kən \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of darken

darkened; darkening play \ˈdär-kə-niŋ\
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

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.

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First Known Use of darken

14th century

darken Synonyms

Synonyms
gloom, glower, lower (also lour)
Antonyms
brighten, cheer (up), lighten, perk (up)
Related Words
frown, scowl; glare, stare; brood, mope, pet, pout, sulk; anger, bristle, fume, rage, steam, storm; intimidate, menace, threaten
Near Antonyms
dawn; beam, glow, radiate, shine


DARKEN Defined for English Language Learners

darken

verb

Definition of darken for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) dark or to become dark or darker in color

  • : to make (something) less happy or to become less happy


DARKEN Defined for Kids

darken

verb dark·en \ ˈdär-kən \

Definition of darken for Students

darkened; darkening
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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