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dim - Dictionary definition and meaning for word dim

(verb) switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
Synonyms : dip

(verb) become dim or lusterless
Example Sentence
  • the lights dimmed and the curtain rose

(verb) make dim or lusterless
Example Sentence
  • Time had dimmed the silver

(verb) make dim by comparison or conceal
Synonyms : blind

(verb) become vague or indistinct
Synonyms : blur , slur
Example Sentence
  • The distinction between the two theories blurred

(adj) lacking in light; not bright or harsh
Synonyms : subdued
Example Sentence
  • a dim light beside the bed
  • subdued lights and soft music

(adj) lacking clarity or distinctness
Synonyms : faint , shadowy , vague , wispy
Example Sentence
  • a dim figure in the distance
  • only a faint recollection
  • shadowy figures in the gloom
  • saw a vague outline of a building through the fog
  • a few wispy memories of childhood

(adj) made dim or less bright
Synonyms : dimmed
Example Sentence
  • the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation
  • dimmed headlights
  • we like dimmed lights when we have dinner

(adj) offering little or no hope
Synonyms : black , bleak
Example Sentence
  • the future looked black
  • prospects were bleak
  • Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult
  • took a dim view of things

(adj) slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
Synonyms : dense , dull , dumb , obtuse , slow
Example Sentence
  • so dense he never understands anything I say to him
  • never met anyone quite so dim
  • although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick
  • dumb officials make some really dumb decisions
  • he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse
  • worked with the slow students

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for dim

dim means become low illumination & results vague.
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