darken

[ dahr-kuhn ]
/ ˈdɑr kən /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Idioms

    darken someone's door, to come to visit; make an appearance: Never darken my door again!

Origin of darken

First recorded in 1250–1300, darken is from the Middle English word derknen. See dark, -en1

Related forms

dark·en·er, nounun·dark·en, verb (used with object)well-dark·ened, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for darken

darken

/ (ˈdɑːkən) /

verb

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!

Derived Forms

darkener, noun
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