black1 [ blæk ] adjective ***
▸ 1 having darkest color
▸ 2 of a race with dark skin
▸ 3 with no milk in it
▸ 4 involving something bad/sad
▸ 5 showing anger/sadness
▸ 6 about unpleasant things
▸ 7 evil/cruel
1. ) having the darkest color, like the sky at night when there is no light:
He was wearing black shorts.
Black cats are sometimes thought to be unlucky.
clouds of thick black smoke
2. ) black or Black belonging or relating to a race of people with dark skin, especially people whose families were originally from Africa:
She was the first black woman to become a judge.
Dr. King was a leader in the Black community.
a famous black actor
3. ) coffee or tea that is black has no milk in it:
Do you take your coffee black or white?
4. ) making people feel unhappy or lose hope:
one of the blackest moments in British history
It's a black day for the automobile industry.
5. ) showing angry or unhappy feelings:
a black look
a black mood
6. ) relating to sad or unpleasant things such as death or illness:
black humor
7. ) LITERARY evil or cruel:
a black deed
black 2 [ blæk ] noun **
1. ) uncount the darkest color, like the color of the sky at night when there is no light
a ) black clothes:
All the mourners were wearing black.
in black (=wearing black clothes): Do you think I look good in black?
2. ) black or Black count a black person. This word is sometimes considered offensive, so you should be very careful about using it.
in the black
with money in your bank account, or with more money than you owe:
We've managed to stay in the black for over a year now.
─ opposite IN THE RED
black 3 [ blæk ] verb transitive
to make something black by covering it with a black substance
,black `out phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive to suddenly become unconscious: FAINT:
He had blacked out after his car hit the tree.
2. ) transitive to prevent someone from reading or seeing something by covering it with something dark:
Half the pages in the report had been blacked out for security reasons.
3. ) transitive to make a place dark by turning off all the lights, for example so that the enemy cannot see a place at night.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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