darken

  • 1 Darken — Dark en (d[aum]rk n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Darkened} ( nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Darkening} ( n*[i^]ng).] [AS. deorcian. See {Dark}, a.] 1. To make dark or black; to deprive of light; to obscure; as, a darkened room. [1913 Webster] They [locusts]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 darken — c. 1300, to make dark; late 14c., to become dark, from DARK (Cf. dark) + EN (Cf. en) (1). The more usual verb in M.E. was simply dark (O.E. deorcian), as it is in Chaucer and Shakespeare, and darken did not predominate until 17c. The Anglo Saxons …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 darken — ► VERB 1) make or become darker. 2) cast a shadow over; spoil. 3) become unhappy or angry. ● never darken someone s door Cf. ↑never darken someone s door …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 darken — [där′kən] vi. to become dark or darker vt. 1. to make dark or darker 2. to make blind not darken someone s door or not darken someone s doorway not come to someone s home darkener n …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Darken — Dark en, v. i. To grow or darker. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 darken — index depress, obfuscate, obnubilate, obscure, shroud, tarnish Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 darken — *obscure, dim, bedim, eclipse, cloud, becloud, fog, befog, obfuscate Antonyms: illuminate Contrasted words: enlighten, illumine (see ILLUMINATE): elucidate, *explain …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 darken — [v] become shaded, unlit becloud, bedim, blacken, cloud over, cloud up, deepen, dim, eclipse, fog, gray, haze, make dim, murk, obfuscate, obscure, overcast, overshadow, shade, shadow, tone down*; concept 469 Ant. brighten, illuminate, lighten,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 Darken — For other uses, see Darken (disambiguation). Darken Author(s) Kate Ashwin Website http://www.darkencomic.com/ Current status / schedule Weekly updates …

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  • 10 darken — UK [ˈdɑː(r)kən] / US [ˈdɑrkən] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms darken : present tense I/you/we/they darken he/she/it darkens present participle darkening past tense darkened past participle darkened 1) to become darker, or to make… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 darken — darkener, n. /dahr keuhn/, v.t. 1. to make dark or darker. 2. to make obscure. 3. to make less white or clear in color. 4. to make gloomy; sadden: He darkened the festivities by his presence. 5. to make blind. v.i. 6. to become dark or darker. 7 …

    Universalium

  • 12 darken — verb Darken is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑brow, ↑expression, ↑eye, ↑face, ↑frown, ↑mood, ↑room, ↑scowl, ↑sky Darken is used with these nouns as the object: ↑mood …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 darken — Synonyms and related words: attaint, bandage, beat down, becloud, bedarken, bedaub, bedazzle, bedim, befog, begloom, bemist, benight, besmear, besmirch, besmoke, bestain, black, black out, blacken, blackwash, blanch, blind, blind the eyes,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 14 darken — dark|en [ˈda:kən US ˈda:r ] v 1.) [I and T] to become dark, or to make something dark ▪ The sky darkened and a few drops of rain fell. ▪ a darkened theater ▪ The evening shadows darkened the room. 2.) [I and T] to become less hopeful or positive …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 darken — dark|en [ darkən ] verb intransitive or transitive 1. ) to become darker, or make something darker: The sky darkened and heavy rain began to fall. His hair, darkened by sweat, clung to his head. 2. ) to suddenly become serious or less hopeful, or …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 darken — [[t]dɑ͟ː(r)kən[/t]] darkens, darkening, darkened 1) V ERG If something darkens or if a person or thing darkens it, it becomes darker. The sky darkened abruptly... [V n] She had put on her make up and darkened her eyelashes. Ant …

    English dictionary

  • 17 darken — verb 1》 make or become dark or darker. 2》 make or become unhappy or angry.     ↘(of someone s eyes or expression) show anger. Phrases never darken someone s door keep away from someone s home. Derivatives darkener noun …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 darken — verb (I, T) 1 to become dark, or make something dark: the skies darkened | The sun had darkened his skin. 2 to become less happy or positive or make someone feel this way: The news darkened their view of the situation. 3 never darken my door… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 darken — v. 1 tr. make dark or darker. 2 intr. become dark or darker. Phrases and idioms: never darken a person s door keep away permanently. Derivatives: darkener n …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 darken — verb (darkened; darkening) Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to grow dark ; become obscured < the skies were darkening > 2. to become gloomy < his mood darkened > transitive verb …

    New Collegiate Dictionary