|1.||[ adjective ] lacking in light; not bright or harsh|
"a dim light beside the bed" "subdued lights and soft music"
|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"
|3.||[ verb ] become dim or lusterless|
"the lights dimmed and the curtain rose"
|4.||[ verb ] become or make darker|
"The screen darkened" "He darkened the colors by adding brown"
|Related terms:||brighten change_intensity dimmer|
|5.||[ verb ] make dim by comparison or conceal|
|6.||[ verb ] switch a car's headlights from a higher to a lower beam|
|7.||[ adjective ] made dim or less bright|
"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"
|9.||[ verb ] make dim or lusterless|
"Time had dimmed the silver"
|10.||[ adjective ] 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"
|11.||[ verb ] become vague or indistinct|
"The distinction between the two theories blurred"
|Related terms:||focus weaken obliterate gloss_over|