Darken meaning

där'kən
To fill with sadness; make gloomy.
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To render vague or uncertain; obscure.

The sudden drop in stock prices darkened the future for investors.

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To tarnish or stain.

A scandal that darkened the family's good name.

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To become dark or darker.
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To make dark or darker.
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To become dark or darker.
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To make blind.
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To make dark or darker by reducing light.
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(intransitive) To become dark or darker (having less light).
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To make dark or darker in colour.
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(intransitive) To become dark or darker in colour.
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To render gloomy, darker in mood.
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(intransitive) To become gloomy, darker in mood.
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To blind, impair eyesight.
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(intransitive) To be blinded, loose clear vision.
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To cloud, obscure, or perplex; to render less clear or intelligible.
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To make foul; to sully; to tarnish.
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not darken someone's door
  • Not come to someone's home.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

not darken someone's door

Origin of darken

  • From Middle English derkenen, dirkenen, from Old English *deorcnian, *diercnian (“to darken”), equivalent to dark +‎ -en. Cognate with Scots derken, durken (“to darken”), Old High German tarchanjan, terchinen (“to darken”), Middle High German terken, derken (“to darken”).
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