What is the meaning of dim?


  • Switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam.
  • Become dim or lusterless.
    • usage: "the lights dimmed and the curtain rose"
  • Make dim or lusterless.
    • usage: "Time had dimmed the silver"
  • Make dim by comparison or conceal.
  • Become vague or indistinct.
    • usage: "The distinction between the two theories blurred"


  • Lacking in light; not bright or harsh.
    • usage: "a dim light beside the bed"; "subdued lights and soft music"
  • Lacking clarity or distinctness.
    • usage: "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"
  • Made dim or less bright.
    • usage: "the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation"; "dimmed headlights"; "we like dimmed lights when we have dinner"
  • Offering little or no hope.
    • usage: "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"
  • Slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity.
    • usage: "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"
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