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English adjective: dim

1. dim lacking in light; not bright or harsh


SamplesA dim light beside the bed.
Subdued lights and soft music.


Synonymssubdued


Similardark


Antonymslight

2. dim lacking clarity or distinctness


SamplesA 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.


Synonymsfaint, shadowy, vague, wispy


Similarindistinct


Antonymsdistinct

3. dim made dim or less bright


SamplesThe dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation.
Dimmed headlights.
We like dimmed lights when we have dinner.


Synonymsdimmed


Similarlow-beam


Antonymsundimmed, bright

4. dim offering little or no hope


SamplesThe future looked black.
Prospects were bleak.
Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult.
Took a dim view of things.


Synonymsblack, bleak


Similarhopeless


Antonymshopeful

5. dim slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity


SamplesSo 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.
Dumb officials make some really dumb decisions.
He was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse.
Worked with the slow students.


Synonymsdense, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow


Similarstupid


Antonymssmart


English verb: dim

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


Synonymsdip


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change intensity

2. dim (change) become dim or lusterless


SamplesThe lights dimmed and the curtain rose.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change

3. dim (change) make dim or lusterless


SamplesTime had dimmed the silver.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)darken

4. dim (change) make dim by comparison or conceal


Synonymsblind


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)darken

5. dim (change) become vague or indistinct


SamplesThe distinction between the two theories blurred.


Synonymsblur, slur


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)weaken


Narrower (hyponym)efface, obliterate


Antonymsfocalise, focalize, focus









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