Dark·en, v. i. To grow or darker.
Dark·en v. t. [imp. & p. p. Darkened p. pr. & vb. n. Darkening ]
1. To make dark or black; to deprive of light; to obscure; as, a darkened room.
They [locusts] covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened. --Ex. x. 15.
So spake the Sovran Voice; and clouds began
To darken all the hill. --Milton.
2. To render dim; to deprive of vision.
Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see. --Rom. xi. 10.
3. To cloud, obscure, or perplex; to render less clear or intelligible.
Such was his wisdom that his confidence did seldom darkenhis foresight. --Bacon.
Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? --Job. xxxviii. 2.
4. To cast a gloom upon.
With these forced thoughts, I prithee, darken not
The mirth of the feast. --Shak.
5. To make foul; to sully; to tarnish.
I must not think there are
Evils enough to darken all his goodness. --Shak.
v 1: become dark or darker; "The sky darkened" [ant: brighten]
2: become or make darker; "The screen darkend"; "He darkened
the colors by adding brown" [syn: dim] [ant: brighten]
3: tarnish or stain; "a scandal that darkened the family's good
4: make dark or darker; "darken a room" [ant: brighten]