- 1[intransitive, transitive] to become dark; to make something dark The sky began to darken as the storm approached. darken something We walked quickly through the darkened streets. a darkened room
- 2[intransitive, transitive] to become unhappy or angry; to make somebody unhappy or angry Her mood darkened at the news. Luke's face darkened (= he looked angry). darken something It was a tragedy that darkened his later life. See related entries: Anger Idioms (old-fashioned, humorous) used to tell somebody never to come to your home again Go! And never darken my door again!
BrE BrE//ˈdɑːkən//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːrkən//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they darken
BrE BrE//ˈdɑːkən//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːrkən//he / she / it darkens
BrE BrE//ˈdɑːkənz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːrkənz//past simple darkened
BrE BrE//ˈdɑːkənd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːrkənd//past participle darkened
BrE BrE//ˈdɑːkənd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːrkənd//-ing form darkening
BrE BrE//ˈdɑːkənɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːrkənɪŋ//Anger