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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.




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



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.



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



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



English verb: dim

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


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


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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