Definition of darken in English:

darken

verb

  • 1Make or become dark or darker.

    [no object] ‘the sky was darkening rapidly’
    [with object] ‘darken the eyebrows with black powder’
    ‘a darkened room’
    • ‘Scott turned slightly while she was still in his arms and shut the door behind them then reaching for the light switch the room darkened around them.’
    • ‘And then, as the sky slowly darkens, dark silhouettes slowly start wandering along the city-centre sidewalks.’
    • ‘The sky was darkening, clouds turning deeper shades of purple, red, and blue.’
    • ‘The room darkened again as a cloud passed in front of the moon.’
    • ‘It was here the new Carlow confidence shone like the sun breaking through after rapidly darkening skies which almost called for floodlighting.’
    • ‘Rebecca drew curtains over one of the windows, darkening the room considerably.’
    • ‘I lay in his arms afterwards, the room darkening slowly as the afternoon died away.’
    • ‘I turn and see that the sun is now gone, and the sky is darkening rapidly.’
    • ‘As soon as they entered, the nurse crossed the room and closed the blinds, darkening the room to a gentle glow.’
    • ‘Melanie drew the curtains, darkening the room.’
    • ‘Casey clicked off the light and the room was completely darkened.’
    • ‘The man chuckled, slung an arm across the little girl's shoulder, and together, watched as the last streaks began to fade in the rapidly darkening sky.’
    • ‘The room darkened as the fire faded into glowing embers.’
    • ‘The sun had begun to set outside and my living room was darkening quickly.’
    • ‘If your bedroom cannot be darkened, use another room for sleeping.’
    • ‘An infusion of sage or rosemary is also used in hair care as it can add shine to dark hair and, when mixed with black tea, can darken dark hair.’
    • ‘In August 1999 the skies above Swindon were darkened during a total solar eclipse.’
    • ‘Jeanna opened her eyes to see the sky had darkened to a dark slate, and the wind whipped mercilessly at the houses and plants around her.’
    • ‘As the obscuration of the Sun increases the sky darkens, although it never gets as black as dead of night.’
    • ‘Heavy curtains hanging over the windows darkened the room.’
    grow dark, grow darker, blacken, grow black, grow blacker, dim, grow dim, cloud over, lour
    make dark, make darker, blacken, make black, make blacker, make dim, shade, eclipse, fog, obscure
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  • 2Make or become gloomy, angry, or unhappy.

    [no object] ‘his mood darkened’
    [with object] ‘the abuse darkened the rest of their lives’
    • ‘The professor's eyes went to the rest of the class, and the atmosphere seemed to darken slightly.’
    • ‘Sara's blue eyes darkened as she watched his expression become somewhat haunted.’
    • ‘The mood at St James' Park darkened as Newcastle sunk to a 1-defeat to Tottenham.’
    • ‘He sighed slightly, his improved mood darkening at the memory of the girl's peril.’
    • ‘Brett's features darkened and he nodded, looking completely unhappy with the news.’
    • ‘His eyes darkened as he surveyed me with a tiny bit of mistrust, ‘You going to be helping the king.’’
    • ‘I've never known a holiday to be spoiled, or even darkened, by an argument, by tensions that crackle and erupt in sharp words.’
    • ‘His thoughts darkened rapidly as his fingers continued to itch.’
    • ‘But her face was pale and ashen, and her eyes darkened with worries.’
    • ‘But his mood darkened as time went on and his eldest daughter remained uncontactable.’
    • ‘Jacynthia and Lark's moods had darkened quickly and they sulked while taking notes.’
    • ‘As soon as she stepped into the room Kim felt her mood darken, it was her mum, Kay.’
    • ‘Doyle didn't laugh; his mood had abruptly darkened again, bleaker even than it had been.’
    • ‘When I ask about how he reached the decision to leave South Africa and play for England his mood darkens further. ‘What, again?’’
    • ‘His mood darkened, though, when Dougal levelled the teams again 11 minutes later by inexplicably waving a red at McIntyre.’
    • ‘A heavy depression fell upon the air as the mood darkened.’
    • ‘Through his words, I could feel his mood darken.’
    • ‘After Chile called for a 45 day deadline the mood darkened at the thought of another month and a half in this dump, waiting and waiting.’
    • ‘His mood suddenly darkened as if remembering something painful.’
    • ‘The Rovers did not miss Peter's signal, and their mood seemed to darken.’
    become gloomy, make gloomy, become angry, make angry, become unhappy, make unhappy, become annoyed, make annoyed, become depressed, make depressed, cast down, become cast down, deject, become dejected, weigh down, oppress, dampen the spirits of, become dispirited, make dispirited, become troubled, make troubled, cast a pall over, blacken, look black, sadden
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    1. 2.1[no object] (of someone's eyes or expression) show anger or another strong negative emotion.
      ‘his face darkened and he lunged away’
      • ‘His eyes darkened and grew cold as his fists balled up.’
      • ‘His brilliant blue eyes would darken and the expression on his face became intense just before he would kiss her.’
      • ‘Her eyes darkened with the first stirrings of anger.’
      • ‘His eyes darkened, his disdainful expression frozen in place.’
      • ‘His green eyes darkened and his expression turned stony.’
      • ‘Elizabeth's jaw dropped and her brows knitted together, her green-blue eyes darkening like thunderclouds.’
      • ‘Mark's eyes darkened with anger, and it was obvious that only his iron control over his emotions kept him from striking him.’
      • ‘However, his eyes had darkened dangerously and she could not tell with what emotion.’
      • ‘She nearly yelled, her clear green eyes darkening with anger.’
      • ‘He looked impassive, but his blue eyes had darkened in controlled anger.’
      • ‘His eyes darkened in anger as he was shouting at me.’
      • ‘Subconsciously, I noticed his eyes darkening, to almost a blood red colour.’
      • ‘Her pale eyes darkened as she narrowed them suspiciously.’
      • ‘I arched my back into him, and his eyes darkened dangerously.’
      • ‘He stared down at her, his deep brown eyes darkening with barely restrained emotion.’
      • ‘‘Do not dare to speak to me in such a way,’ he said at last, his blue eyes darkening as he spoke.’
      • ‘Scott could see her eyes darkening with anger.’
      • ‘His sadness was gradually melting into anger; I could see his eyes darkening.’
      • ‘Ethan's grin was wide, though his eyes darkened in pent up anger, and fear.’
      • ‘The boy's eyes darkened with anger, ‘That's my job’ he said and snatched the coins she had in her hands.’
    2. 2.2[with object] (of anger or another strong negative emotion) show in (someone's eyes or expression)
      ‘misery darkened her gaze’
      • ‘Annoyance darkened her brown eyes as she glared at the vicious, little black ball of fur.’
      • ‘He regularly visited her grave and the mention of her name always caused a flicker of intense sadness to darken his eyes.’
      • ‘The color darkens his eyes just slightly without causing him to look any paler.’
      • ‘A cloud of confusion darkened Vicki's eyes and she kicked a rock.’
      • ‘Regret darkened his brown eyes, making them appear almost black, as he lifted his gaze to Chelsea's.’
      • ‘He heard some whispering in the background and a glare darkened his eyes.’
      • ‘Alternating her glance between the two, confusion darkened her blue eyes.’
      • ‘Vicki stepped off the overflowing bus with a sigh, the forlorn glaze that had darkened Wil's eyes setting heavy on her heart.’
      • ‘He was too busy checking up on Rhys to see the impatience that darkened his eyes.’
      • ‘She gasped, staring at him, shock and pain darkening her eyes.’
      • ‘Vicki looked up, confusion darkening her eyes.’
      • ‘A frown darkened the girls' eyes and they brought the page of confusing pictures up closer to their faces.’
      • ‘A scowl darkened his brown eyes to black as he glared ahead.’
      • ‘He looked up, concern darkening his young eyes.’
      • ‘Victor sits back, annoyance darkening his gaze.’
      • ‘Andy nodded, the concerned expression still darkening her blue eyes.’
      • ‘Andy released a deep breath and looked back out the front window, hurt darkening her eyes.’
      • ‘I worried for Brent because he was my only friend in Arlington and I understood the pain that darkened his eyes.’
      • ‘Confusion darkened her eyes and lowered her brows in a frown.’
      • ‘An unidentifiable emotion darkened his eyes so that they were almost black.’

Pronunciation

darken

/ˈdärkən/