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dim

adjective \ ˈdim \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of dim

dimmer; dimmest
1 a : emitting or having a limited or insufficient amount of light
  • dim stars
  • a dim lamp
  • a dim hallway
b : dull, lusterless
  • dim colors
c : lacking pronounced, clear-cut, or vigorous quality or character
  • a dim echo of the past
2 a : seen indistinctly
  • a dim outline
b : perceived by the senses or mind indistinctly or weakly : faint
  • had only a dim notion of what was going on
c : having little prospect of favorable result or outcome
  • a dim future
d : characterized by an unfavorable, skeptical, or pessimistic attitude usually used in the phrase take a dim view of
  • takes a dim view of human nature
3 : not perceiving clearly and distinctly
  • dim eyes
4 : dim-witted
  • too dim to understand the joke

dimly

adverb

dimmable

play \ˈdi-mə-bəl\ adjective

dimness

noun

Examples of dim in a Sentence

  1. Just the dim outline of the building could be seen through the fog.

  2. I have a dim memory of your last visit.

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Origin and Etymology of dim

Middle English, from Old English dimm; akin to Old High German timber dark


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dim

verb

Definition of dim

dimmed; dimming
transitive verb
1 : to make dim or lusterless
  • dimmed their hopes of an early settlement
2 : to reduce the light from
  • dim the headlights
intransitive verb
: to become dim
  • the lights dimmed
  • their beauty had dimmed

Examples of dim in a Sentence

  1. The latest setback has dimmed hopes of an early settlement.

  2. Hopes of an early settlement have dimmed.

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Origin and Etymology of dim

see 1dim


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dim

noun

Definition of dim

1 archaic : dusk, dimness
2 automotive vehicles : low beam

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Origin and Etymology of dim

see 1dim

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dim

abbreviation

Definition of dim

1 dimension
2 diminished
3 diminuendo
4 diminutive


DIM Defined for English Language Learners

dim

verb

Definition of dim for English Language Learners

  • : to make (a light) less bright or to become less bright

  • : to make (something) less strong or clear or to become less strong or clear


DIM Defined for Kids

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dim

adjective \ ˈdim \

Definition of dim for Students

dimmer; dimmest
1 : not bright or distinct : faint
  • a dim light
2 : not seeing or understanding clearly
  • dim eyes
  • He has only a dim awareness of the problem.

dimly

adverb

dimness

noun

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dim

verb

Definition of dim for Students

dimmed; dimming
: to make or become less bright or clear
  • Please dim the lights.
  • His eyesight dimmed with age.

Medical Dictionary

dim

abbreviation

medical Definition of dim

diminished


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