Definition of starken in English:

starken

verb

  • 1with object Originally: to make stark or strong, to strengthen. Now especially: to expose or emphasize the starkness of; to render severe or uncompromising; to delineate in sharp relief.

  • 2no object To become stiff; (of liquid) to coagulate, solidify. Also with object: to make stiff, thicken. Compare "stark". Now English regional and Irish English (northern).

Origin

Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From stark + -en.

Pronunciation

starken

/ˈstɑːk(ə)n/