dark1 [ dark ] adjective ***
1. ) lacking light:
a dark and stormy night
When Maggie woke up, it was still dark.
get/grow dark (=become dark at the end of a day): When they left, it was already starting to get dark.
go dark (=become suddenly dark): The room went dark and the movie screen flickered into life.
2. ) black or almost black in color:
He was dressed in a dark suit with a white shirt.
There were dark patches on the walls where water had soaked through.
She glanced up at the dark clouds above the cliffs.
a ) strong and not pale in color:
dark blue/green/red etc.: a dark blue jacket
b ) dark hair, eyes, or skin are brown or black in color:
He was tanned and had dark curly hair.
an attractive dark-haired nurse
c ) if a white person is described as being dark, they have brown or black hair and sometimes skin that is not light in color:
a tall dark man
3. ) usually before noun morally bad, dangerous, or frightening:
I always suspected there was a darker side to his character.
a ) usually before noun a dark time is one in which people feel frightened, unhappy, and without hope:
during the darkest days of the war
someone's darkest hour: This was the President's darkest hour.
b ) usually before noun a dark look or remark is angry and threatening
c ) usually before noun dark thoughts are sad because you believe that something bad is going to happen
d ) usually before noun a dark secret or mystery is kept well hidden, especially because people would not approve if they knew about it
e ) only before noun a dark place is distant and mysterious because very little information is known about it:
in some dark corner of his mind
4. ) if a theater is dark, there are no performances there during a particular time
dark 2 [ dark ] noun ***
the dark a situation in which there is no light, especially because it is night:
Timothy is afraid of the dark.
in the dark: Why are you sitting here in the dark?
after dark
after it has become night:
Do not go out on your own after dark.
before dark
before it becomes night:
We were hoping to get home before dark.
in the dark (about something)
not knowing very much about something, because other people are keeping it secret from you:
We are still very much in the dark about how the money was lost.
keep someone in the dark (about something) (=not tell someone about something because you want to keep it secret from them): You've kept us totally in the dark about what happened that night.

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

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