- to make dark or darker.
- to make obscure.
- to make less white or clear in color.
- to make gloomy; sadden: He darkened the festivities by his presence.
- to make blind.
- to become dark or darker.
- to become obscure.
- to become less white or clear in color.
- to grow clouded, as with gloom or anger.
- to become blind.
- darken someone's door, to come to visit; make an appearance: Never darken my door again!
Origin of darken
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Examples from the Web for darken
If you only vote on how a person personally feels about abortion, you will never want her to darken your door.Sarah Palin's a Brainiac
October 27, 2008
If this is done, the cauliflower will darken and break into pieces.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
He saw the thundercloud arise that was to darken the horizon.The Eighteenth Century in English Caricature
He saw the blighting shadow of Asgill begin to darken the scene.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
The man, whoever he was, did not darken the lighted doorway.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
He was always on the look-out for his brother, as soon as the sky began to darken.The Rambles of a Rat
A. L. O. E.
- to make or become dark or darker
- to make or become gloomy, angry, or sadhis mood darkened
- darken someone's door (usually used with a negative) to visit someonenever darken my door again!
Word Origin and History for darken
c. 1300, "to make dark;" late 14c., "to become dark," from dark (adj.) + -en (1). The more usual verb in Middle English was simply dark, as it is in Chaucer and Shakespeare, and darken did not predominate until 17c. The Anglo-Saxons also had a verb sweorcan meaning "to grow dark." To darken someone's door (usually with a negative) is attested from 1729.