how to pronounce darken


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darken is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of darken in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… lighten or darken a patch between frames …”

meanings of darken


  1. To make foul; to sully; to tarnish.
  2. To make dark or darker in colour.
  3. To get dark (referring to the sky, either in the evening or as a result of cloud).
  4. To become gloomy, darker in mood.
  5. To cloud, obscure, or perplex; to render less clear or intelligible.
  6. To become dark or darker (having less light).
  7. To render gloomy, darker in mood.
  8. To be blinded, lose one's eyesight.
  9. To make dark or darker by reducing light.
  10. To blind, impair the eyesight.
  11. To become dark or darker in colour.

darken frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word darken occurs in english on average 1.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics darken can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that darken can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

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