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Meaning & Definition of Dim in English

English

Dim

/dɪm/

verb

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

    synonym:
  • dim
  • ,
  • dip

2. Become dim or lusterless

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

3. Make dim or lusterless

  • "Time had dimmed the silver"
    synonym:
  • dim

4. Make dim by comparison or conceal

    synonym:
  • blind
  • ,
  • dim

5. Become vague or indistinct

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

adjective

1. Lacking in light

  • Not bright or harsh
  • "A dim light beside the bed"
  • "Subdued lights and soft music"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • dense
  • ,
  • dim
  • ,
  • dull
  • ,
  • dumb
  • ,
  • obtuse
  • ,
  • slow

Examples of using

His eyes are dim with age.