Definition of darken
1 : to grow dark : become obscured the skies were darkening
2 : to become gloomy his mood darkened
1 : to make dark
2 : to make less clear : obscure the financial crisis darkened the future of the company
4 : to cast a gloom over
5 : to make of darker color
darkenerplay \-kə-nər\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of darken from the Web
Its mood is darkening as that of Europe is lightening.
Unfortunately these documents grew harder and harder to read over time, in part because the ink would fade from a dark black to a light brown; the parchment slowly darkened as well.
Half buried in a mound of rubble beside a strike crater, limbs protruded, darkened by dust and rotting in the summer heat.
Darken the top edge of your eyebrows to give them a thinner look, which was popular in the ’20s.
On that date, the first total solar eclipse to darken the Carolinas in 47 years will pass through western North Carolina and central South Carolina.
Preparation Preheat oven to 350°. Toast almonds on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until slightly darkened in color and fragrant, 7–10 minutes.
There’s goodness left, even as the world tilts and darkens, and some of it lives in you.
Throughout its early life as a totem, the hulking cedar in Boxley’s garage was darkened by many a falling tear.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'darken.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use of darken
DARKEN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of darken for Students
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.
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up darken? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).