- 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 darkened
He was shouting up at the darkened windows of banking executives who could not hear a word he was saying.UK Reporter’s Anti-Banker Rant Goes Viral
November 13, 2014
The Duke disappeared into a darkened side room, where he sat inches from a glowing television screen, gazing at golf.The Duchess Who Secretly Loved Elvis: Remembering Lunch with 'Debo,' The Last Mitford Sister
September 27, 2014
But there was no way, as they stood there blindfolded in the darkened room, to know if they were being told the truth or not.A Torture Survivor on Ukraine's Tortured Ceasefire
September 11, 2014
New mothers want two hammocks made of soft, shapeless cotton sewn together and viewed only in a darkened room.Dita Von Teese, Keep Your Hands Off Our Boobs
August 6, 2014
For years your bright light was darkened by a blizzard of lies, cheating and innuendo.I Pushed the Lance Armstrong Lie: An Open Letter to Greg LeMond
July 31, 2014
The face of the Gascon darkened, and his eyes flashed with resentment.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Behind him, in a darkened room, a barkeeper was wiping the bar with a clean cloth.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
She was very certain that her eyes had not been darkened as to lids or waxed as to lashes.Her Father's Daughter
All the long, beautiful October went by, and still he lay in the darkened room.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
But as she sat "hooking-in," the window was darkened, and involuntarily she lifted her eyes.Meadow Grass
- 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 darkened
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.