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DIM (dimmed, dimmer, dimmest, dimming)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dim mean? 

DIM (adjective)
  The adjective DIM has 5 senses:

1. lacking in light; not bright or harsh
2. lacking clarity or distinctness
3. made dim or less bright
4. offering little or no hope
5. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

  Familiarity information: DIM used as an adjective is common.


DIM (verb)
  The verb DIM has 6 senses:

1. switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
2. become or make darker
3. become dim or lusterless
4. make dim or lusterless
5. make dim by comparison or conceal
6. become vague or indistinct

  Familiarity information: DIM used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DIM (adjective)


Sense 1dim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking in light; not bright or harsh

Synonyms:

dim; subdued

Context examples:

a dim light beside the bed / subdued lights and soft music

Similar:

dark (devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black)


Sense 2dim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking clarity or distinctness

Synonyms:

wispy; shadowy; faint; dim; vague

Context examples:

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

Similar:

indistinct (not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand)


Sense 3dim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Made dim or less bright

Synonyms:

dimmed; dim

Context examples:

the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation / dimmed headlights / we like dimmed lights when we have dinner

Similar:

low-beam (used of headlights)


Sense 4dim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Offering little or no hope

Synonyms:

bleak; dim; black

Context examples:

the future looked black / prospects were bleak / Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult / took a dim view of things

Similar:

hopeless (without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success)


Sense 5dim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

Synonyms:

dumb; slow; obtuse; dense; dim; dull

Context examples:

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 / dumb officials make some really dumb decisions / he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse / worked with the slow students

Similar:

stupid (lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity)


DIM (verb)


Sense 1dim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

dim; dip

Hypernyms (to "dim" is one way to...):

change intensity (increase or decrease in intensity)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2dim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become or make darker

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

dim; darken

Context examples:

The screen darkened / He darkened the colors by adding brown

Hypernyms (to "dim" is one way to...):

change intensity (increase or decrease in intensity)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3dim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become dim or lusterless

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

the lights dimmed and the curtain rose

Hypernyms (to "dim" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 4dim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make dim or lusterless

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

Time had dimmed the silver

Hypernyms (to "dim" is one way to...):

darken (make dark or darker)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5dim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make dim by comparison or conceal

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

blind; dim

Hypernyms (to "dim" is one way to...):

darken (make dark or darker)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 6dim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become vague or indistinct

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

slur; blur; dim

Context example:

The distinction between the two theories blurred

Hypernyms (to "dim" is one way to...):

weaken (become weaker)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "dim"):

efface; obliterate (remove completely from recognition or memory)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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