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 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 to suddenly make a situation seem serious or less hopeful

Philip's face darkened.

The mood was darkened further by a gloomy economic forecast.

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Darken — Dark en, v. i. To grow or darker. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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