VERBS be, look | get, go, grow It gets dark at about six o'clock. Suddenly the whole sky went dark. As it grew dark, they gathered round the fire. | remain, stay
ADV. very | completely | almost, nearly It's only three o'clock and it's nearly dark already. | quite, rather
ADJ. pitch I fumbled for the light switch in the pitch dark. | gathering We could just make out some figures in the gathering dark.
PREP. after ~ The girls weren't allowed out after dark. | before ~ We'd better try and finish this job before dark. | in the ~ I hate getting up in the dark.
PHRASES afraid of the dark Many small children are afraid of the dark.