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verb [intransitive/transitive] darken pronunciation in British English /ˈdɑː(r)kən/
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present tense
present participledarkening
past tensedarkened
past participledarkened
  1. 1
    to become darker, or to make something darker

    His hair, darkened by sweat, clung to his head.

  2. 2
    to suddenly become serious or less hopeful, or to suddenly make a situation seem serious or less hopeful

    Philip’s face darkened.

    The mood was darkened further by a gloomy economic forecast.



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