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Meaning & Definition of Blacken in English

English

Blacken

/blækən/

verb

1. Make or become black

  • "The smoke blackened the ceiling"
  • "The ceiling blackened"
    synonym:
  • blacken
  • ,
  • melanize
  • ,
  • melanise
  • ,
  • nigrify
  • ,
  • black

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"
    synonym:
  • char
  • ,
  • blacken
  • ,
  • sear
  • ,
  • scorch