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English verb: blacken

1. blacken (change) make or become black

SamplesThe smoke blackened the ceiling.
The ceiling blackened.

Synonymsblack, melanise, melanize, nigrify

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)color, colour, discolor, discolour

Antonymswhite, whiten

2. blacken (change) burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color

SamplesThe cook blackened the chicken breast.
The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece.
The flames scorched the ceiling.

Synonymschar, scorch, sear

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)burn

Narrower (hyponym)singe, swinge

Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

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