1. lacking in light; not bright or harsh
- a dim light beside the bed
2. lacking clarity or distinctness
- a dim figure in the distance
3. made dim or less bright
- the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation
- dimmed headlights
- we like dimmed lights when we have dinner
Similar word(s): dimmed
4. offering little or no hope
- took a dim view of things
5. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
- never met anyone quite so dim
Sentences with dim as an adjective:
- The lighting was too dim for me to make out his facial features.
- He may be a bit dim, but he's not retarded.
- His vision grew dimmer as he aged.
1. (obsolete) Dimly, indistinctly.
1. (archaic) Dimness.
1. switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
Similar word(s): dip
Definition categories: perception
2. become dim or lusterless
- the lights dimmed and the curtain rose
Definition categories: change
3. make dim or lusterless
- Time had dimmed the silver
4. make dim by comparison or conceal
Similar word(s): blind
5. become vague or indistinct
Sentences with dim as a verb:
- He dimmed the lights and put on soft music.
- The lights dimmed briefly when the air conditioning was turned on.