- 1Make or become dark or darker: [no object]: the sky was darkening rapidly [with object]: darken the eyebrows with black powder (as adjective darkened) a darkened roomMore example sentences
- And then, as the sky slowly darkens, dark silhouettes slowly start wandering along the city-centre sidewalks.
- Jeanna opened her eyes to see the sky had darkened to a dark slate, and the wind whipped mercilessly at the houses and plants around her.
- It was here the new Carlow confidence shone like the sun breaking through after rapidly darkening skies which almost called for floodlighting.
- 2Make or become angry, unhappy, or gloomy: [no object]: his mood darkened [with object]: the abuse darkened the rest of their livesMore example sentences
make/become gloomy, make/become angry, make/become unhappy, make/become annoyed, make/become depressed, cast down, become cast down, deject, become dejected, weigh down, oppress, dampen the spirits of, make/become dispirited, make/become troubled, cast a pall over, blacken, look black, sadden; spoil, mar, detract from
- Over 200 of these are given over to vituperation against Tesco, in which the reviewer admits, ‘even driving past Tesco darkens my mood’.
- If anything more darkens the mood of our brooding Chancellor it is warnings such as these.
- I'm back at work tomorrow night and just the thought of it is like a cloud descending over me, closing me in and darkening my mood.
- 2.1 [no object] (Of someone’s eyes or expression) show anger, sorrow, or another strong negative emotion: Guy’s expression darkenedMore example sentences
- His green eyes darkened and his expression turned stony.
- His brilliant blue eyes would darken and the expression on his face became intense just before he would kiss her.
- Scott could see her eyes darkening with anger.
- 2.2 [with object] (Of anger, sorrow, etc.) show in (someone’s eyes or expression): misery darkened her gazeMore example sentences
- An unidentifiable emotion darkened his eyes so that they were almost black.
- Annoyance darkened her brown eyes as she glared at the vicious, little black ball of fur.
- Andy nodded, the concerned expression still darkening her blue eyes.
never darken someone's door
- Keep away from someone’s home permanently: never darken my door again!More example sentences
- At times players and football clubs can delude themselves into believing that they are too good to go down and that relegation is a scenario that will never darken their door.
- Well, Ms Claire Harper, Head of Marketing, it will ensure that your delivery men will never darken my door again because I will switch to one of your competitors.
- If Scallon isn't driving those cattle, I'll never darken your door again, and I'll not bother you over the man again.
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- Unlike mascara, lash darkener just adds color, no length or volume.
- You can use herbal henna once every 2 weeks as a hair conditioner and hair darkener.
- It takes about 5 more minutes of sanding to remove all of the darkener from the top relief of your etching.