dark - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    lacking light

    a dark and stormy night

    When Maggie woke up, it was still dark.

    completely dark:

    By this time it was ten o’clock and completely 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 cinema screen flickered into life.

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  2. 2
    black, or almost black, in colour

    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 colour
      dark blue/green/red etc:

      a dark blue jacket

    2. b.
      dark hair, eyes, or skin are brown or black in colour

      He was tanned and had dark curly hair.

      an attractive dark-haired nurse

      He looked up at her, his dark eyes strangely bright.

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    3. c.
      if a white person is described as being dark, they have brown or black hair and sometimes skin that is not light in colour

      a tall dark man

  3. 3
    [usually before noun] morally bad, dangerous, or frightening

    I always suspected there was a darker side to his character.

  4. 4
    [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. 6
    [usually before noun] dark thoughts are sad because you believe that something bad is going to happen
  6. 7
    [usually before noun] a dark secret or mystery is kept well hidden, especially because people would not approve if they knew about it
  7. 8
    [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

  8. 9
    theatre if a theatre is dark, there are no performances there during a particular time
  9.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    go dark to stop communicating with someone

    They would see sources go dark that were previously productive.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 21/07/2014
  10.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    go dark if a theatre goes dark, it stops putting on shows temporarily, due to lack of money or some kind of crisis

    All Washington theatres went dark in the wake of the suicide crash on the Pentagon.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 21/07/2014