Blacken \Black"en\, v. i. To grow black or dark. [1913 Webster]

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  • Blacken — Black en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blackened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blackening}.] [See {Black}, a., and cf. {Black}, v. t. ] 1. To make or render black. [1913 Webster] While the long funerals blacken all the way. Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. To make dark; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blacken — [v1] darken befoul, begrime, blot, cloud, deepen, ebonize, grow dark, grow dim, ink, make dark, shade, smudge, soil; concept 250 Ant. bleach, lighten, whiten blacken [v2] malign; smear asperse, attack, bad mouth*, blot, blotch, calumniate, decry …   New thesaurus

  • blacken — [blak′ən] vi. [ME blaknen < blak, BLACK] to become black or dark vt. 1. to make black; darken 2. to hurt or damage by slander, libel, etc. [to blacken a reputation] blackener n …   English World dictionary

  • blacken — index brand (stigmatize), deface, defame, denigrate, denounce (condemn), derogate, disgrace …   Law dictionary

  • Blacken — Blacken, fjord i den vestlige del af den svenske sø Mälaren …   Danske encyklopædi

  • blacken — (v.) c.1200, become black or dark; early 14c., make black, darken, dye (hair); see BLACK (Cf. black) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Figurative sense of to besmirch (with dishonor, etc.) is from early 15c. Related: Blackened; blackening …   Etymology dictionary

  • blacken — ► VERB 1) become or make black or dark. 2) damage or destroy (someone s reputation) …   English terms dictionary

  • blacken — [[t]blæ̱kən[/t]] blackens, blackening, blackened 1) V ERG To blacken something means to make it black or very dark in colour. [V n] The married women of Shitamachi maintained the custom of blackening their teeth... You need to grill the tomatoes… …   English dictionary

  • blacken — UK [ˈblækən] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms blacken : present tense I/you/we/they blacken he/she/it blackens present participle blackening past tense blackened past participle blackened to become black, or to make something become …   English dictionary

  • blacken — black, blacken verbs. Black is used when the meaning is to deliberately make something black, as in blacking one s face, one s shoes, a person s eye, etc., in the meaning to declare something ‘black’ (i.e. to boycott it), and in the phrasal verb… …   Modern English usage

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