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Meaning of DARKEN

Pronunciation:  'dârkun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make dark or darker; "darken a room"
  2. [v]  become dark or darker; "The sky darkened"
  3. [v]  tarnish or stain; "a scandal that darkened the family's good name"
  4. [v]  become or make darker; "The screen darkend"; "He darkened the colors by adding brown"

DARKEN is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dim
 Antonyms: brighten, brighten, lighten, lighten up
 See Also: alter, bedim, benight, black out, blacken out, blind, change, change intensity, cloud, cloud over, cloud up, darken, defile, dim, dun, embrown, maculate, murk, obscure, overcast, overcloud, sully, tarnish



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
             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.
  2. \Dark"en\, v. i.
    To grow or darker.
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