the dark


: a state in which no light can be seen
She stumbled around in the dark until she finally found the light switch.
He's 12 years old and still afraid of the dark.
: a place where little or no light can be seen
The burglars hid in the dark between the two buildings.
He bought the kids special rings that glow in the dark.
: a state in which something is hidden or kept secret
Most of their deals were made in the dark.
: a state of not knowing about something
I'm in the dark about the agreement.
The public was kept in the dark about the meeting.

Examples of the dark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Infiltrating ransomware gangs on the dark web 06:20 Ransomware attacks, in which cybercriminals disable a target's computer systems or steal data and then demand payment to restore service, have become increasingly common. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 15 May 2024 Chefs and trade groups have complained that lawmakers leave them in the dark on the new laws’ details. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 Her research took her from a residential center in southern Utah to an elite private school in Manhattan, and from the dark web – with its online misogyny – to her own living room, where her three bright sons alternated between ferocious wrestling and nearly comatose screen time. Courtney E. Martin, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 May 2024 Light the way for yourself and those stuck in the dark. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 13 May 2024 In typical Glover fashion, things go dramatically awry, as the trio win the room over in the most unexpected way and the scene shifts to a shot of Nudy dropping his verses in the dark under the desert stars. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 13 May 2024 This surprised a lot of fans, because the aisles were suddenly full of people scrambling for seats in the dark. Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer, 12 May 2024 So far, Black Basta’s site on the dark web has not listed any information about the Ascension attack. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 10 May 2024 The health system acknowledged that the attack also could have leaked some patient data onto the dark web. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 10 May 2024

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“The dark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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