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
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.
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.
Acne also may cause hyperpigmentation, another form of scarring, where skin is permanently darkened where the pimple once existed.
Quint’s warmth of tone centered the work, as did his control of the shifting attitudes, darkening and strengthening during gut-tightening ascents, yet capable of the most fragile pianissimo.
Available at Target, CoverGirl Total Tease Mascara ($7.99) is designed to darken and thicken eyelashes for maximum eyelash definition.
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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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