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Dictionary definition for: Dim

1. (v) switch (a car''s headlights) from a higher to a lower beam

2. (s) lacking in light; not bright or harsh; "a dim light beside the bed" "subdued lights and soft music"

3. (v) become or make darker; "The screen darkend" "He darkened the colors by adding brown"

4. (s) lacking clarity or distinctness; "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"

5. (v) become dim or lusterless; "the lights dimmed and the curtain rose"

6. (a) made dim or less bright; "the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation" "dimmed headlights" "we like dimmed lights when we have dinner"

7. (v) make dim or lusterless; "Time had dimmed the silver"

8. (s) 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"

9. (v) make dim by comparison or conceal

10. (s) slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity; "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 mak

11. (v) become vague or indistinct; "The distinction between the two theories blurred"

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