Definition of dark noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɑːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɑːrk//
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    no light
  1. 1  the dark [singular] the lack of light in a place, especially because it is night All the lights went out and we were left in the dark. Are the children afraid of the dark? animals that can see in the dark
  2. colour
  3. 2  [uncountable] an amount of something that is dark in colour patterns of light and dark
  4. Word OriginOld English deorc, of Germanic origin, probably distantly related to German tarnen ‘conceal’.Extra examples I fumbled for the light switch in the pitch dark. I hate getting up in the dark. Many small children are afraid of the dark. The girls weren’t allowed out after dark. We could just make out some figures in the gathering dark. We’d better try and finish this job before dark.Idioms after/before the sun goes down and it is night Try to get home before dark. Don't go out alone after dark.
    in the dark (about something)
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    knowing nothing about something Workers were kept in the dark about the plans to sell the company. She arrived at the meeting as much in the dark as everyone else.
    an action or a risk that you take without knowing anything about the activity or what the result will be I didn’t know what the new job would be like—I just took a leap in the dark.
    a shot/stab in the dark
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    a guess; something you do without knowing what the result will be The figure he came up with was really just a shot in the dark.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dark