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darken

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1 to take on a gloomy or forbidding look
  • his face slowly darkened as we told him the sad news

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2 to grow dark
  • the sky darkened as a storm moved in

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3 to make dark, dim, or indistinct
  • years of accumulated grime have darkened the painting until it can barely be seen

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4 to affect slightly with something morally bad or undesirable
  • the scandal darkened his otherwise sterling reputation

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The first known use of darken was in the 14th century

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“Darken.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/darken. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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