What does darken mean?

Definitions for darken
ˈdɑr kəndark·en

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. darkenverb

    become dark or darker

    "The sky darkened"

  2. darkenverb

    tarnish or stain

    "a scandal that darkened the family's good name"

  3. darkenverb

    make dark or darker

    "darken a room"


  1. darkenverb

    To make dark or darker by reducing light.

  2. darkenverb

    To become dark or darker (having less light).

  3. darkenverb

    To make dark or darker in colour.

  4. darkenverb

    To become dark or darker in colour.

  5. darkenverb

    To render gloomy, dark(er) of mood

  6. darkenverb

    To become gloomy, dark of mood

  7. darkenverb

    To blind, impair eyesight

  8. darkenverb

    To be blinded, loose clear vision

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Darkenverb

    Etymology: from dark.

    Black with surrounding forests then it stood,
    That hung above, and darken’d all the flood. Addison.

    Whether the darken’d room to muse invite,
    Or whiten’d wall provoke the skew’r to write. Alexander Pope.

    Such was his wisdom, that his confidence did seldom darken his foresight, especially in things near hand. Francis Bacon, Hen. VII.

    The lusts and passions of men do sully and darken their minds, even by a natural influence. John Tillotson, Serm. 4.

  2. To Darkenverb

    To grow dark.


  1. Darken

    Darken is a 2017 Canadian digital sci-fi/horror film, produced by Shaftesbury Films' Smokebomb Entertainment and directed by Audrey Cummings, released in 2017. It also stars Bea Santos, Oluniké Adeliyi, Christine Horne, Paul Amos, and Ari Millen. Natasha Negovanlis also makes a cameo appearance in the film. In 2018, an 11-part limited digital series (acting as a prequel to the film), called DARKEN, Before the Dark was released on KindaTV, featuring Jodelle Ferland.


  1. darken

    To darken means to reduce the brightness or lightness of something, either literally, such as reducing the light in a room, or figuratively, like making a story or mood more serious, gloomy, or ominous. It can also mean to make a color more intense or deep.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Darkenadjective

    to make dark or black; to deprive of light; to obscure; as, a darkened room

  2. Darkenadjective

    to render dim; to deprive of vision

  3. Darkenadjective

    to cloud, obscure, or perplex; to render less clear or intelligible

  4. Darkenadjective

    to cast a gloom upon

  5. Darkenadjective

    to make foul; to sully; to tarnish

  6. Darkenverb

    to grow or darker

  7. Etymology: [AS. deorcian. See Dark, a.]


  1. Darken

    Darken is a completed webcomic set in a Dungeons & Dragons-style fantasy world, featuring a cast of morally ambiguous or outright evil characters led by Gort, lord of hellfire. It is based on a story by Mike Foulks. Darken is one of the more popular members of Cornstalker Webcomic Collective. It was originally a member of Comicgenesis since its creation in December 2003 and was later a member of Keenspot from July 2006 until January 2010. It ended on October 17th, and the artist went on to make a new comic, Widdershins.

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Anagrams for darken »

  1. ranked

  2. Kendra

  3. narked

  4. danker

  5. endark

  6. kanred

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of darken in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of darken in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of darken in a Sentence

  1. Patrick Henry:

    Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugationthe last arguments to which kings resort.

  2. Dave Jones:

    Remember, the sun is 93 million miles away. The shadow of the moon will still darken the sky, if it is cloudy ,it will get even darker.

  3. Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts (1931) "Life and Human Nature":

    How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares if there seemed any danger of their coming true!

  4. Logan Pearsall Smith:

    How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares if there seemed any danger of their coming true

  5. John Nelson:

    It would literally darken the sky, i remember one day, I was standing back about 300 feet. I could still see the flames rising above the pit.

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