1. [ adjective ] lacking in light; not bright or harsh
Synonyms: subdued

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

Related terms: dark
2. [ adjective ] lacking clarity or distinctness
Synonyms: faint vague wispy shadowy

"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"

Related terms: indistinct
3. [ verb ] become dim or lusterless

"the lights dimmed and the curtain rose"

Related terms: change
4. [ verb ] become or make darker
Synonyms: darken

"The screen darkened" "He darkened the colors by adding brown"

Related terms: brighten change_intensity dimmer
5. [ verb ] make dim by comparison or conceal
Synonyms: blind
Related terms: darken
6. [ verb ] switch a car's headlights from a higher to a lower beam
Synonyms: dip
Related terms: change_intensity
7. [ adjective ] made dim or less bright
Synonyms: dimmed

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

Related terms: undimmed low-beam
8. [ adjective ] slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
Synonyms: dumb slow dull obtuse dense

"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"

Related terms: stupid
9. [ verb ] make dim or lusterless

"Time had dimmed the silver"

Related terms: darken
10. [ adjective ] offering little or no hope
Synonyms: bleak black

"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"

Related terms: hopeless
11. [ verb ] become vague or indistinct
Synonyms: slur blur

"The distinction between the two theories blurred"

Related terms: focus weaken obliterate gloss_over
Similar spelling:   dime