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adjective dark pronunciation in American English /dɑrk/
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  1. 1
    lacking light
    a dark and stormy night
    When Maggie woke up, it was still dark.
    get/grow dark: When they left, it was already starting to get dark (=become dark at the end of a day).
    go dark (=become suddenly dark): The room went dark and the movie screen flickered into life.
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  2. 2
    black, or almost black, in color
    He was dressed in a dark suit with a white shirt.
    There were dark patches on the walls where water had soaked through.
    She glanced up at the dark clouds above the cliffs.
    1. a.
      strong and not pale in color
      dark blue/green/red etc.: a dark blue jacket
    2. b.
      dark hair, eyes, or skin are brown or black in color
      He was tanned and had dark curly hair.
      an attractive dark-haired nurse
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  3. 4
    [usually before noun] morally bad, dangerous, or frightening
    I always suspected there was a darker side to his character.
  4. 5
    [usually before noun] a dark time is one in which people feel frightened, unhappy, and without hope
    during the darkest days of the war
    someone’s darkest hour: This was the President’s darkest hour.
  5. 9
    [only before noun] a dark place is distant and mysterious because very little information is known about it
    in some dark corner of his mind


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