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How to sign: make or become black
"The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened";
Similiar / Same: nigrify, black, melanize, melanise
Categories: color, colour, discolor, discolour
How to sign: 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";
Within this category: singe