AskDefine | Define blacken

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1 make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened" [syn: melanize, melanise, nigrify, black] [ant: whiten]
2 burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color; "The cook blackened the chicken breast"; "The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece"; "the flames scorched the ceiling" [syn: char, scorch]

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  1. To make black.
  2. To make dirty.
  3. To defame or sully.
    Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men. — Napoleon Bonaparte
  4. To cook (meat or fish) by coating with pepper, etc., and quickly searing in a hot pan.
  5. To become black.
    The sky blackened as the storm clouds rolled in.



make black
make dirty
defame, sully
cook by coating with pepper and quickly searing
become black

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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