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dim

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adjective \ˈdim\

Definition of dim

dimmer

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dimmest

  1. 1a :  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. 2a :  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. 3 :  not perceiving clearly and distinctly <dim eyes>

  4. 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.

Origin and Etymology of dim

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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dim

verb

Definition of dim

dimmed

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dimming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make dim or lusterless <dimmed their hopes of an early settlement>

  3. 2 :  to reduce the light from <dim the headlights>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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.

Origin and Etymology of dim

see 1dim


First Known Use: before 12th century


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dim

noun

Definition of dim

  1. 1 archaic :  dusk, dimness

  2. 2 automotive vehicles :  low beam

Origin and Etymology of dim

see 1dim


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Automotive Terms


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dim

abbreviation

Definition of dim

  1. 1 dimension

  2. 2 diminished

  3. 3 diminuendo

  4. 4 diminutive



DIM Defined for English Language Learners


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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

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adjective \ˈdim\

Definition of dim for Students

dimmer

dimmest

  1. 1 :  not bright or distinct :  faint <a dim light>

  2. 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

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verb

Definition of dim for Students

dimmed

dimming

  1. :  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

  1. diminished



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