Dim definition

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Lacking sharpness or clarity; vague.

A dim recollection; only a dim idea of how the machine worked.

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Not likely to turn out well.

Dim prospects.

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Dim means to make or become darker.

An example of dim is to lower the lights.

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Faintly or unclearly perceived; indistinct.

A dim figure in the distance; dim, far-off sounds.

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Not clearly seeing, hearing, understanding, etc.
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The definition of dim is not bright, somewhat dark or unclear.

An example of something dim is a fading light.

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Weak or diminished; feeble.

Dim eyesight; a dim hope.

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Negative, unfavorable, or disapproving.

A dim future in store; takes a dim view of gambling.

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Lacking luster; dull or subdued.

Dim, faded colors.

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Dull or slow-witted.
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Lacking in brightness.

A dim room.

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Emitting only a small amount of light; faint.

A dim light bulb.

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To make or become dim.
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(archaic) Dusk.
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A parking light on a motor vehicle.
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A low beam.
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Dimension.
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Diminished.
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Diminuendo.
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Diminutive.
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Not bright; somewhat dark.
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Not clear or distinct in character; lacking definition, distinction, strength, etc.
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Without luster; dull.
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Not clearly seen, heard, perceived, or understood; vague.
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(informal) Lacking intelligence; stupid.
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To make dim.
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To make seem dim, as by comparison.
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To turn (headlights) down by switching from high to low beam.
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To grow dim.
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(archaic) Dim light; dimness; dusk.
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Headlights on a low-beam setting.
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Dimension.
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Diminutive.
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See DIMM.
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Not bright or colorful.

The lighting was too dim for me to make out his facial features.

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Not smart or intelligent.

He may be a bit dim, but he's not retarded.

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Indistinct, hazy or unclear.

His vision grew dimmer as he aged.

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Disapproving, unfavorable: rarely used outside the phrase take a dim view of.
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To make something less bright.

He dimmed the lights and put on soft music.

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(intransitive) To become darker.

The lights dimmed briefly when the air conditioning was turned on.

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To render dim, obscure, or dark; to make less bright or distinct; to take away the luster of; to darken; to dull; to obscure; to eclipse.
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To deprive of distinct vision; to hinder from seeing clearly, either by dazzling or clouding the eyes; to darken the senses or understanding of.
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Dim is defined as headlights on a low beam.

An example of a dim is a low level headlight beam on a car.

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take a dim view of
  • to view skeptically, pessimistically, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
dim
Comparative:
dimmer
Superlative:
dimmest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of dim

  • Middle English from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English dim, dym, from Old English dim, dimm (“dim, dark, gloomy; wretched, grievous, sad, unhappy”), from Proto-Germanic *dimmaz (“dark”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰem- (“to whisk, smoke, blow; dust, haze, cloud; obscure”). Compare Icelandic dimmur (“dark”) and dimma (“darkness”).

    From Wiktionary