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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 blue dress dark hair/eyes
unhappy or sad; gloomy: The report contains 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 power blackout.

darknoun [U]

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

the absence of light: Does eating carrots really help you to see in the dark? She arrived home well before/after dark (= before/after the sun had gone down).
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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 larger window in.
A1 nearer to black than white in colour: dark blue/green dark clouds She has dark hair. He was tall, dark (= with black/brown hair) and handsome.

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

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B2 The city centre was plunged into darkness by the power cut.

darknoun

uk   /dɑːk/ us   /dɑːrk/
the dark

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B1 the fact of there being no light somewhere: 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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