dim

dim
dim1 [dım] adj comparative dimmer superlative dimmest
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1¦(dark)¦
2¦(shape)¦
3 take a dim view of something
4 dim recollection/awareness etc
5¦(eyes)¦
6¦(future chances)¦
7 in the dim and distant past
8¦(not intelligent)¦
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[: Old English;]
1.) ¦(DARK)¦
fairly dark or not giving much light, so that you cannot see well
≠ ↑bright
in the dim light of the early dawn
a dim glow
2.) ¦(SHAPE)¦
a dim shape is one which is not easy to see because it is too far away, or there is not enough light
The dim outline of a building loomed up out of the mist.
3.) take a dim view of sth
to disapprove of something
Miss Watson took a dim view of Paul's behaviour.
4.) dim recollection/awareness etc
a memory or understanding of something that is not clear in your mind
= ↑vague
Laura had a dim recollection of someone telling her this before.
5.) ¦(EYES)¦
literary dim eyes are weak and cannot see well
Isaac was old and his eyes were dim.
6.) ¦(FUTURE CHANCES)¦
if your chances of success in the future are dim, they are not good
Prospects for an early settlement of the dispute are dim.
7.) in the dim and distant past
a very long time ago - used humorously
8.) ¦(NOT INTELLIGENT)¦ informal
not intelligent
You can be really dim sometimes!
>dimly adv
a dimly lit room
She was only dimly aware of the risk.
>dimness n [U]
dim 2
dim2 v past tense and past participle dimmed present participle dimming
1.) [I and T]
if a light dims, or if you dim it, it becomes less bright
The lights in the theatre began to dim.
2.) [I and T]
if a feeling, quality etc dims or is dimmed, it grows weaker or less
Even the rain could not dim their enthusiasm.
Hopes of a peaceful settlement have dimmed.
3.) dim your headlights/lights
AmE to lower the angle of the front lights of your car, especially when someone is driving towards you
British Equivalent: dip

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