blacken definition by Webster's New World
to become black or dark
Origin: Middle English blaknen ; from blak, black
- to make black; darken
- to hurt or damage by slander, libel, etc.: to blacken a reputation
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- blackener noun
blacken definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb black·ened, black·en·ing, black·ens verb, transitive
- To make black.
- To sully or defame: a scandal that blackened the mayor's name.
- To coat (fish or meat, for example) with pepper and other spices and then quickly sear in a very hot skillet, thereby producing meat that is black on the outside but tender on the inside.
To become dark or black: The day blackened into night.
- blackˈen·er noun