- 1[transitive, intransitive] blacken (something) to make something black; to become black Their faces were blackened with soot. Smoke had blackened the walls. rows of blackened teeth There was a row of brick houses, blackened by smoke. See related entries: Waste and pollution
- 2[transitive] blacken somebody’s name/reputation/character to say unpleasant things that give people a bad opinion of somebody He accused the newspaper of trying to blacken his name.
BrE BrE//ˈblækən//; NAmE NAmE//ˈblækən//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they blacken
BrE BrE//ˈblækən//; NAmE NAmE//ˈblækən//he / she / it blackens
BrE BrE//ˈblækənz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈblækənz//past simple blackened
BrE BrE//ˈblækənd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈblækənd//past participle blackened
BrE BrE//ˈblækənd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈblækənd//-ing form blackening
BrE BrE//ˈblækənɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈblækənɪŋ//Waste and pollution