\ ˈdim How to pronounce dim (audio) \
dimmer; dimmest

Definition of dim

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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
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 oftakes a dim view of human nature
3 : dim-witted too dim to understand the joke
4 : not perceiving clearly and distinctly dim eyes

dim

verb
dimmed; dimming

Definition of dim (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to reduce the light from dim the headlights
2 : to make dim or lusterless dimmed their hopes of an early settlement

intransitive verb

: to become dim the lights dimmed their beauty had dimmed

dim

noun

Definition of dim (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Definition of dim (Entry 4 of 4)

1 dimension
2 diminished
3 diminuendo
4 diminutive

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Other Words from dim

Adjective

dimly adverb
dimmable \ ˈdi-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce dimmable (audio) \ adjective
dimness noun

Examples of dim in a Sentence

Adjective Just the dim outline of the building could be seen through the fog. I have a dim memory of your last visit. Verb The latest setback has dimmed hopes of an early settlement. Hopes of an early settlement have dimmed.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Firing the advisory panel and opting not to pursue a more stringent particulate standard were in keeping with the administration of President Donald Trump’s dim view of environmental regulation. Gordon Russell, NOLA.com, "EPA refuses to reduce particulate pollution, linked by scientists to coronavirus deaths," 21 Oct. 2020 Firing the advisory panel and opting not to pursue a more stringent particulate standard were in keeping with the administration of President Donald Trump’s dim view of environmental regulation. Lylla Younes, ProPublica, "The EPA Refuses to Reduce Pollutants Linked to Coronavirus Deaths," 21 Oct. 2020 From the start, the campaign has never had a dominant strategist — that role has always been played by a president with a dim view of the political professional class. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "Trump Runs the Kind of Campaign He Likes, but Not the One He Might Need," 18 Oct. 2020 Taking this dim view of the state’s European origin story further, the advisory committee wants to do away with Mission High School and Presidio Middle School. John King, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco school names targeted for change range from divisive to obscure," 16 Oct. 2020 While many worry the prospect of lawmakers reaching a stimulus deal before the election remains dim, signs of progress in the talks helped push yields above 0.8% for the first time since June earlier this week. Orla Mccaffrey, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bonds Yields Remain Near Highest Level Since June," 23 Oct. 2020 The likelihood of actually playing football in the spring seems so dim to Lewis. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "McDonogh parents, athletes react to postponement of fall sports," 17 Oct. 2020 If Trump wins and Republicans keep the Senate, prospects are dim for extending wind and solar tax credits. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Biden dances around Green New Deal," 16 Oct. 2020 These lights create a zen ambiance with a quick adjustment to a warm and dim tone. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, "How Our Favorite Black Designers Are Finding Comfort During Quarantine," 9 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At the same time, investors' interest continued to dim for tech companies and other stocks that dominated the stay-at-home economy created by the pandemic. Arkansas Online, "S&P 500 adds to record, Dow heads for own on vaccine hopes," 16 Nov. 2020 The lights would dim, and you’d be transported into different worlds, cultures and experiences for a couple of hours. Washington Post, "The best things to do — virtually and in person — while social distancing in the D.C. area," 12 Nov. 2020 The results dim chances that hunters will achieve the DNR’s deer-management goals for 2020 because half the overall firearms harvest normally happens on opening weekend. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Minnesota deer opener was poor for harvest and CWD sampling," 12 Nov. 2020 But even before the outbreak, China was finding its reputation was beginning to dim, especially among Western nations. Ben Westcott, CNN, "How China's Xi Jinping blew a golden opportunity with US President Donald Trump," 30 Oct. 2020 Two chandeliers gradually dim, and after a short silence a velociraptor appears on a stage scarcely twenty feet away, stalking back and forth, gliding on springy hind legs, tail whipsawing. David Howard, Popular Mechanics, "How Kim Kardashian's Dad Came Back to Life in a Terrifying Hologram," 30 Oct. 2020 Although Democrats control the House, Republicans’ longtime skepticism about changing antitrust law could dim the chances that Cicilline’s proposals are adopted. David Mclaughlin, Fortune, "House panel proposes largest antitrust reforms in decades to reign in Big Tech," 7 Oct. 2020 Deputies began pursuing Ambler for allegedly failing to dim his headlights to oncoming traffic. NBC News, "Texas sheriff who starred on 'Live PD' charged with evidence tampering in Black man's death," 28 Sep. 2020 Such surly sentiments can persist right up to the moment the house lights dim. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Why I’ll Never Stop Being a Theater Critic," 16 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The claustrophobia of this—of fire turning the entire West Coast dim with smoke, on top of the fear, isolation, and long-term lockdown imposed by the pandemic—is almost too much to bear. Emma Marris, The Atlantic, "The West Has Never Felt So Small," 10 Sep. 2020 From the 1830s to the 1950s, minstrel shows depicted Black people as subservient, dim-witted, lazy and docile. Richard J. Reddick For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "American companies wouldn't have as many racist logos if C-Suites were more diverse," 20 June 2020 Cloaked in dim, ambient lighting, this chain of events recurs throughout the film, though some of his late-night forays, on foot or by bicycle, are actually dreams while others are revealed as cruising. Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, New York Times, "‘15 Years’ Review: On the Run From a Midlife Crisis," 30 Apr. 2020 Then came last season's game, on Feb. 24 at Crisler Center, with MSU’s hopes of a second straight Big Ten title looking dim after a host of injuries. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "How Cassius Winston and Zavier Simpson have made MSU vs. U-M a one-on-one matchup," 5 Jan. 2020 Stocks in Europe and Asia fell broadly as the global prospects for economic growth dim amid trade uncertainty. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Dow: Signs of slowing job growth, troubles overseas push US stocks lower," 1 Oct. 2019 In the dim, red light of an alien sun, scientists have found the first evidence for water in the atmosphere of a rocky planet - offering a tantalizing new target in the search for life in the universe. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists say they found their first potentially habitable planet with water in its skies," 12 Sep. 2019 In the dim, red light of an alien sun, scientists have found the first evidence for water in the atmosphere of a rocky planet - offering a tantalizing new target in the search for life in the universe. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists say they found their first potentially habitable planet with water in its skies," 12 Sep. 2019 In the dim, red light of an alien sun, scientists have found the first evidence for water in the atmosphere of a rocky planet - offering a tantalizing new target in the search for life in the universe. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists say they found their first potentially habitable planet with water in its skies," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of dim

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for dim

Adjective, Verb, and Noun

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

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The first known use of dim was before the 12th century

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7 Nov 2020

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“Dim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dim. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for dim

dim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dim

: 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
\ ˈdim How to pronounce dim (audio) \
dimmer; dimmest

Kids Definition of dim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

Other Words from dim

dimly adverb
dimness noun

dim

verb
dimmed; dimming

Kids Definition of dim (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Medical Definition of dim

diminished

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