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Meaning & Definition of Dim in English





1. Switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam

  • dim,
  • dip

2. Become dim or lusterless

  • "The lights dimmed and the curtain rose"
  • dim

3. Make dim or lusterless

  • "Time had dimmed the silver"
  • dim

4. Make dim by comparison or conceal

  • blind,
  • dim

5. Become vague or indistinct

  • "The distinction between the two theories blurred"
  • blur,
  • dim,
  • slur


1. Lacking in light

  • Not bright or harsh
  • "A dim light beside the bed"
  • "Subdued lights and soft music"
  • dim,
  • subdued

2. Lacking clarity or distinctness

  • "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"
  • dim,
  • faint,
  • shadowy,
  • vague,
  • wispy

3. Made dim or less bright

  • "The dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation"
  • "Dimmed headlights"
  • "We like dimmed lights when we have dinner"
  • dimmed,
  • dim

4. Offering little or no hope

  • "The future looked black"
  • "Prospects were bleak"
  • "Life in the aran islands has always been bleak and difficult"- j.m.synge
  • "Took a dim view of things"
  • black,
  • bleak,
  • dim

5. Slow to learn or understand

  • Lacking intellectual acuity
  • "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"- thackeray
  • "Dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"
  • "He was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"
  • "Worked with the slow students"
  • dense,
  • dim,
  • dull,
  • dumb,
  • obtuse,
  • slow

Examples of using

The moon was dim.
We lived in a cramped, dim house which was as small as a hive.
The stars seem dim because of the city lights.