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"dark" in British English

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darkadjective

uk   /dɑːk/  us   /dɑːrk/
  • dark adjective (WITHOUT LIGHT)

A2 with little or no ​light: It was too dark to ​see much. What ​time does it get dark in the ​summer? Our ​bedroom was very dark until we put a ​largerwindow in.
A1 nearer to ​black than ​white in ​colour: dark ​blue/​green dark ​clouds She has dark ​hair. He was ​tall, dark (= with ​black/​brownhair) and ​handsome.

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darkness
noun [U] uk   /ˈdɑːk.nəs/  us   /ˈdɑːrk.nəs/

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B2 The ​citycentre was plunged into darkness by the ​powercut.

darknoun

uk   /dɑːk/  us   /dɑːrk/
the dark

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B1 the ​fact of there being no ​lightsomewhere: Cats can ​see in the dark. I've always been ​afraid of the dark.
before/after dark
B1 before/after the ​sun has gone down: It isn't ​safe to ​leave the ​house after dark. I ​want to be ​home before dark.
(Definition of dark from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dark" in American English

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darkadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /dɑrk/
with little or no ​light, or having little ​brightness: It was too dark to ​see much of anything. What ​time does it get dark in the ​summer?
Dark ​colors have less ​white in them: a dark ​bluedress dark ​hair/​eyes
unhappy or ​sad; ​gloomy: The ​reportcontains dark predictions about the ​future.
evil or ​threatening: He gave me a dark ​look when I ​criticized his ​work.
darkness
noun [U]  us   /ˈdɑrk·nəs/
The ​city was ​plunged into darkness by the ​powerblackout.

darknoun [U]

 us   /dɑrk/
  • dark noun [U] (ABSENCE OF LIGHT)

the ​absence of ​light: Does ​eatingcarrots really ​help you to ​see in the dark? She ​arrivedhome well before/after dark (= before/after the ​sun had gone down).
(Definition of dark from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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