• IPA: /ˈblækən/

blacken (blackens, present participle blackening; past and past participle blackened)

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