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adjective American English pronunciation: dark /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.

  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

  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.

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