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English definition of “darken”


verb [I]     /ˈdɑː.kən/ US  /ˈdɑːr-/
to become dark: The sky darkened as thick smoke billowed from the blazing oil well.Darkness and becoming dark darkened     /-kənd/ adjective We crept slowly along the darkened (= without light) corridor.Darkness and becoming dark
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