\ 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 In both books, Hofstadter’s dim view of populism and its legacy rests on a willful misreading of the Populist insurgency’s actual history. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, "What Richard Hofstadter Got Wrong," 16 Apr. 2020 Burke, like other conservative higher education experts, takes a dim view of Senate Democrats' proposal of at least $10,000 in tax-free debt cancellation for all federal student loan borrowers. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration lets borrowers suspend federal student loan payments," 20 Mar. 2020 Like: who knew Diedrich Bader, the horse-faced American actor best known for playing Drew Carey’s dim-witted best buddy for the better part of a decade on an ABC weeknight sitcom, fancied himself a seasoned psychonaut? John Semley, The New Republic, "Have a Good Trip Demystifies Psychedelics," 13 May 2020 The only light is the dim glow of bioluminescence—from electric jellies, camouflaged shrimp, and toothy predators with natural lanterns to attract unwitting prey. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Thirty-six Thousand Feet," 10 May 2020 It’s more accurate to think of a dimmer dial than an on-off switch, with gradations to avoid undue risk. Los Angeles Times, "‘A profound danger’: Experts warn against broad U.S. reopening amid COVID-19 pandemic," 6 May 2020 Aidy, Melissa and Ego are the dim-witted contestants. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, "Saturday Night Live recap: Kristen Wiig hosts at-home season finale," 26 Apr. 2020 Although more than 4,000 exoplanets are now known, the vast majority of them are too distant and dim for our best telescopes to discern against the glare of their host star. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "Astronomers May Have Captured the First Ever Image of Nearby Exoplanet Proxima C," 21 Apr. 2020 Will is barely keeping the bar afloat with basically two trusty employees, Carmen Flood's former MMA fighter Sarah and Marques Ray's dim-yet-crafty Chuy, when his brother Adam (Mike Castle) arrives on the scene. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Brews Brothers': TV Review," 9 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The deterioration of relations between the United States and China in recent weeks could cast another shadow over the economy by dimming business confidence and further scrambling complex supply chains. Matt Egan, CNN, "Exclusive: Corporate America is very, very bullish on the economic recovery from coronavirus," 28 May 2020 Textured glass and an aged copper finish give this lantern-style sconce an antique look, but the weather-resistant design and dimming capability provide modern utility. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Deals on Outdoor Essentials at The Home Depot's Memorial Day Sale," 22 May 2020 Select from 5 different fan speeds along with a fast-acting turbo mode, light-dimming sleep mode, and time-control function that runs the system for anywhere from 1 to 9 hours. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Air Quality Sensor Will Alert Your Household to Pollution—and Fix The Issue," 14 May 2020 The headlamp offers full strength in two distances, plus dimming and strobe abilities, and red night-vision. Outdoor Life, "Outdoor lights for all your nighttime needs," 23 Apr. 2020 China’s economy recorded the first contraction in decades in the first quarter as the coronavirus outbreak shut down large parts of the world’s second-largest economy and dimmed the global outlook. Fortune, "Coronavirus sees China’s GDP record first contraction since at least 1992," 17 Apr. 2020 Other proposals include geoengineering, such as spraying saltwater into the clouds to reflect more sunlight and dim the sun over the reefs. Eric Margolis, The New Republic, "The Coming Ecosystem Collapse Is Already Here for Coral," 14 Apr. 2020 While a pat deus ex machina nearly dims the denouement, Belgravia is worthwhile for the performances alone. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Belgravia': TV Review," 10 Apr. 2020 The president has stressed that his overriding concern is Brazil’s economy, which had emerged from a brutal recession and was slated to grow this year before the pandemic’s arrival dimmed that prospect. Juan Forero, WSJ, "‘Go Back to Work’: Bolsonaro Dismisses Risks of Deadly Coronavirus in Brazil," 2 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dim. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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