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dim / dim/ • adj. (dim·mer , dim·mest ) 1. (of a light, color, or illuminated object) not shining brightly or clearly: her face was softened by the dim light. ∎  (of an object or shape) made difficult to see by darkness, shade, or distance: a dim figure in the dark kitchen. ∎  (of a room or space) made difficult to see in by darkness: long dim corridors. ∎  (of the eyes) not able to see clearly: his eyes became dim. ∎  (of a sound) indistinct or muffled: the dim drone of their voices. ∎  (of prospects) not giving cause for hope or optimism: their prospects for the future looked pretty dim. 2. not clearly recalled or formulated in the mind: she had dim memories of that time the matter was in the dim and distant past. ∎ inf. stupid or slow to understand: you're just incredibly dim. • v. (dimmed , dim·ming ) make or become less bright: [tr.] a smoky inferno that dimmed the sun | [intr.] the lights dimmed and the curtains parted. ∎  [tr.] lower (a vehicle's headlights) from high to low beam: [as adj.] (dimmed) the car moved slowly, its headlights dimmed. ∎  make or become less intense or favorable: [tr.] the difficulty in sleeping couldn't dim her happiness | [intr.] the company's prospects have dimmed. ∎  make or become less able to see clearly: [tr.] your sight is dimmed | [intr.] his eyes dimmed. ∎  make or become less clear in the mind: [tr.] his win dimmed the memory of the booing he'd received. PHRASES: take a dim view of regard with disapproval.DERIVATIVES: dim·ly adv. dim·mish adj. dim·ness n.

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dim adj. OE. dim(m) = OFris. dim, ON. dimmr, rel. to synon. OHG. timbar (MHG., mod. dial. timmer), OSw. dimber, OIr. dem black, dark.
Hence dim vb. XIII; in OE. comps. ādimmian, fordimmian, corr. to ON. dimma darken.

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