dark

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
dark /dɑrk/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -er, -est, n. 
adj. 
  1. having very little or no light:a dark room.
  2. giving off or reflecting little light:a dark color.
  3. [before a noun or adjective indicating color] close to black in color:a dark brown.
  4. not pale or fair:She's dark but her children are blond.
  5. gloomy;
    cheerless;
    dismal:the dark days of the war.
  6. considered to be or thought of as being without knowledge or culture, or unenlightened:the Dark Ages.
  7. [before a noun] hidden;
    concealed:a deep, dark secret.

n. [uncountable]
  1. the absence of light;
    darkness:the dark and gloom of the forest.
  2. night;
    nightfall:to come home before dark.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsin the dark, in ignorance;
    uninformed:We were completely in the dark about his intentions.

dark•ly, adv. 
dark•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
dark  (därk),USA pronunciation adj.,  -er, -est, n., v. 
adj. 
  1. having very little or no light:a dark room.
  2. radiating, admitting, or reflecting little light:a dark color.
  3. approaching black in hue:a dark brown.
  4. not pale or fair;
    swarthy:a dark complexion.
  5. brunette;
    dark-colored:dark eyebrows.
  6. having brunette hair:She's dark but her children are blond.
  7. Food(of coffee) containing only a small amount of milk or cream.
  8. gloomy;
    cheerless;
    dismal:the dark days of World War II.
  9. sullen;
    frowning:a dark expression.
  10. evil;
    iniquitous;
    wicked:a dark plot.
  11. destitute of knowledge or culture;
    unenlightened.
  12. hard to understand;
    obscure.
  13. hidden;
    secret.
  14. silent;
    reticent.
  15. (of a theater) offering no performances;
    closed:The theaters in this town are dark on Sundays.
  16. Phonetics
    • Phonetics(of an l- sound) having back-vowel resonance;
      situated after a vowel in the same syllable. Cf. clear (def. 24a).
    • Phonetics(of a speech sound) of dull quality;
      acoustically damped.
  17. Idiomskeep dark, to keep as a secret;
    conceal:They kept their political activities dark.

n. 
  1. the absence of light;
    darkness:I can't see well in the dark.
  2. night;
    nightfall:Please come home before dark.
  3. a dark place.
  4. a dark color.
  5. Idiomsin the dark: 
    • in ignorance;
      uninformed:He was in the dark about their plans for the evening.
    • in secrecy;
      concealed;
      obscure.

v.t. 
  1. to make dark;
    darken.

v.i. 
  1. [Obs.]to grow dark;
    darken.
  • bef. 1000; (adjective, adjectival) Middle English derk, Old English deorc; (noun, nominal and verb, verbal) Middle English, derivative of the adjective, adjectival; compare Middle High German terken to darken, hide
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Dark, dim, obscure, gloomy, murky refer to absence or insufficiency of light.
      Dark implies a more or less complete absence of light:a dark night.Dim implies faintness of light or indistinctness of form (resulting from the lack of light or from imperfect vision):a dim outline.Obscure implies dimness that may arise also from factors that interfere with light or vision:obscure because of haze.Gloomy means cloudy, ill-lighted, dusky:a gloomy hall.Murky implies a thick or misty darkness:murky water.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dusky, black.
    • 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged recondite, abstruse.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lighted.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bright.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cheerful.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pleasant.
    • 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged clear.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

dark /dɑːk/ adj
  1. having little or no light
  2. (of a colour) reflecting or transmitting little light: dark brown
  3. (of complexion, hair colour, etc) not fair or blond; swarthy; brunette
  4. gloomy or dismal
  5. sinister; evil: a dark purpose
  6. sullen or angry
  7. ignorant or unenlightened: a dark period in our history
  8. secret or mysterious
n
  1. absence of light; darkness
  2. night or nightfall
  3. a dark place, patch, or shadow
  4. a state of ignorance (esp in the phrase in the dark)
Etymology: Old English deorc; related to Old High German terchennen to hide

ˈdarkly adv ˈdarkness n



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Collocations: am [afraid, scared, frightened] of the dark, a dark [night, day, beer, room], [can, cannot] see in the dark, more...

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