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.
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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