Antonyms for darkens

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DARKENS

Seem to me now, through the doom that darkens the past like the future.

When first prepared it is colorless, but darkens on standing.

Vice does not more corrupt the soul, than it darkens the judgment.

Your door that stands closed, as a storm that darkens the noon.

Sin weakens the true strength and darkens the true glory of men.

Its colour is at first pale yellow, but it darkens with age.

This darkens them some and these variations of color enriches it.

Heavy liq., odor and taste similar to chloroform; darkens on exposure.

The soap is harsh to the skin, develops rancidity and darkens readily.

It throws no light on one's work, but on the contrary "darkens counsel."

WORD ORIGIN

c. 1300, "to make dark;" late 14c., "to become dark," from dark (adj.) + -en (1). The more usual verb in Middle English was simply dark, as it is in Chaucer and Shakespeare, and darken did not predominate until 17c. The Anglo-Saxons also had a verb sweorcan meaning "to grow dark." To darken someone's door (usually with a negative) is attested from 1729.