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
The situation darkened further on Wednesday following indications that President Donald Trump will pull out of the Paris climate agreement, even as the shock waves of his jarring trip to the continent last week still reverberated.
Getting desperate, so once again those on the 'left' will point fingers how this administration's budget is trying to poison lakes and rivers, darken the skies, starve children, deny food and medicine to the elderly and so on…
Leon’s psychological acuity, sly wit, and artistic restraint both deepen and darken a novel that is, like all enduring crime fiction, a study of character as much as crime.
The panel from that moment showed Wonder Woman from the perspective of those watching her, her face darkened and twisted into something ugly and murderous.
But his mood darkened when he was asked about Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican nationalist militant recently released from federal prison after 35 years, who will be honored at the parade on June 11.
During a total solar eclipse, the moon completely obscures the face of the sun, causing the daytime sky to darken by a factor of 1 million.
At the Stonehenge monument overlooking the Columbia River Gorge near Maryhill Museum, thousands more watched the skies darken, including a group of modern Druids, who danced a neo-pagan ritual, chanting to the sun and the moon.
Franchi took another risk by shooting many night sequences during the day, an old-fashioned technique that employs filters and special film stock to darken the print.
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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.
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