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Darken definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

D'ARKEN, v.i. To grow dark or darker; also, to grow less white or clear.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: become dark or darker; "The sky darkened" [ant: lighten, lighten up]
2: tarnish or stain; "a scandal that darkened the family's good name"
3: make dark or darker; "darken a room" [ant: brighten, lighten, lighten up]

Merriam Webster's

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 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 darkener noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Darken Dark"en, v. i. To grow or darker.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. They [locusts] covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened. --Ex. x. 15. So spake the Sovran Voice; and clouds began To darken all the hill. --Milton. 2. To render dim; to deprive of vision. Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see. --Rom. xi. 10. 3. To cloud, obscure, or perplex; to render less clear or intelligible. Such was his wisdom that his confidence did seldom darkenhis foresight. --Bacon. Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? --Job. xxxviii. 2. 4. To cast a gloom upon. With these forced thoughts, I prithee, darken not The mirth of the feast. --Shak. 5. To make foul; to sully; to tarnish. I must not think there are Evils enough to darken all his goodness. --Shak.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(darkens, darkening, darkened) 1. If something darkens or if a person or thing darkens it, it becomes darker. The sky darkened abruptly... She had put on her make-up and darkened her eyelashes. ? lighten VERB: V, V n 2. If someone's mood darkens or if something darkens their mood, they suddenly become rather unhappy. (LITERARY) My sunny mood suddenly darkened... Nothing was going to darken his mood today. VERB: V, V n 3. If someone's face darkens, they suddenly look angry. (LITERARY) Rawley's face darkened again. VERB: V

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Obscure, cloud, dim, shade, shadow, make dark, make dim. 2. Gloom, make gloomy, sadden, depress, damp, chill. 3. Benight, make ignorant, stultify, stupefy. 4. Perplex, obscure, make intricate. 5. Sully, stain, dull, dim, defile. II. v. n. Grow dark.

Moby Thesaurus

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, blindfold, block the light, blot, blot out, blotch, blur, blush, brand, brown, cast a shadow, cast down, change color, charcoal, clabber up, cloud, cloud over, cloud up, color, cork, crimson, damp, dampen, dampen the spirits, darken over, darkle, dash, daub, daze, dazzle, deject, denigrate, depress, deprive of sight, dim, dim out, dinge, dirty, discolor, discourage, dishearten, dispirit, dusk, ebonize, eclipse, encloud, encompass with shadow, enmist, excecate, flush, fog, glare, gloam, gloom, glow, gouge, grow dark, grow dim, haze, hoodwink, ink, knock down, look black, lower, lower the spirits, make blind, mantle, mark, melanize, mist, murk, nigrify, nubilate, obfuscate, obnubilate, obscure, obumbrate, occult, occultate, opaque, oppress, overcast, overcloud, overshadow, oversmoke, pale, press down, redden, sadden, scorch, sear, shade, shadow, singe, sink, slubber, slur, smear, smirch, smog, smoke, smudge, smut, smutch, snow-blind, soil, somber, soot, strike blind, taint, tarnish, turn color, turn pale, turn red, weigh heavy upon, weigh upon, whiten


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