darken

verb
dark·​en | \ ˈdär-kən How to pronounce darken (audio) \
darkened; darkening\ ˈdär-​kə-​niŋ How to pronounce darkening (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 darkener (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 These sightings usually took place in the evening, when the setting sun reflected off the craft’s silver wings, creating the effect of a fiery bolt moving across darkened the sky. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020 Above all, China’s growing wealth and power were casting a broadening and darkening shadow. Elbridge Colby, National Review, "A Republican Foreign Policy," 5 Dec. 2019 Eugene garners attention On one of the first chilly September nights this year, Swift drove the darkening streets of Eugene like a veteran cab driver. oregonlive, "Portland aims to dispatch better first responders for homelessness calls," 14 Sep. 2019 But as increasing levels of air pollution darkened trees with soot, the moths adapted, adopting darker coloring to better correspond with their environment. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "These Caterpillars Can Detect Color Using Their Skin Not Their Eyes," 27 Aug. 2019 In the afternoon, darkened rooms and overhead fans soothe both travelers and geckos—the former seeking gin, the latter insects. Ewen Bell, National Geographic, "Discover why Laos is the world’s next great foodie destination," 10 July 2019 The reason for the change is a darkening world economy, caused primarily by the failure of America and China to strike a deal to bring their trade war to an end. The Economist, "The market believes the Fed will cut rates by September. Should it?," 13 June 2019 Despite a darkening economic outlook globally, a new survey suggests wealth creation will remain constant in 2019. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Can the World’s Wealthiest Absorb the High-End Home Glut?," 6 Mar. 2019 One small cloud that darkens your day doesn't mean the sun hasn't risen. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 27, 2019: Virgo, time to apologize; Scorpio, accept what comes your way," 27 Dec. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

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“Darken.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/darkener?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=darken03. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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darken

verb
How to pronounce darken (audio)

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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