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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective dim:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb dim:


Definition of DIM

What does DIM mean?

verb (dimmed, dimming)

  1. switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
  2. become dim or lusterless
    • example: the lights dimmed and the curtain rose
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
  3. make dim or lusterless
    • example: Time had dimmed the silver
    • more generic word: darken = make dark or darker
  4. make dim by comparison or conceal
    • synonym of dim: blind
    • more generic word: darken = make dark or darker
  5. become vague or indistinct
    • synonyms of dim: blur / slur
    • more generic word: weaken = become weaker
    • more specific words: obliterate / efface = remove completely from recognition or memory

adjective (dimmer, dimmest)

Dim is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

  1. made dim or less bright
    • examples: the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation | dimmed headlights | we like dimmed lights when we have dinner
    • synonym of dim: dimmed
    • similar: low-beam

adjective satellite

  1. lacking in light; not bright or harsh
    • example: a dim light beside the bed
    • synonym of dim: subdued
    • similar: dark
  2. lacking clarity or distinctness
  3. offering little or no hope
  4. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

Alternative definition


  1. not bright or colorful
  2. not smart or intelligent
  3. indistinct, hazy or unclear
  4. disapproving, unfavorable, rarely used outside the phrase "take a dim view of".


  1. [transitive] To make something less bright.
  2. [intransitive] To become darker.

Phrases with DIM

  1. dim sum
  2. Dim Bulb
  3. Dim-Bulb
  4. Dim-Headed
  5. dim-witted
  6. dim-sighted
  7. Dim Rocksnail
  8. Take a Dim View of


Dim a.k.a. John Wooldridge: Wing Commander John De Lacy Wooldridge, DSO, DFC and Bar, DFM, was a British film composer.

There are other people with DIM in their name, like Dim Léo and Dim Junius.


DIM: .


  1. Dim is a fictional character from A Clockwork Orange.
  2. Dim is a fictional character from the computer-animated film: A Bug's Life.


"Dim" is the fourth studio album by Japanese rock band The Gazette. It was released on July 15, 2009 in Japan. It includes the three lead up singles: "Guren", "Leech", and "Distress and Coma". The album scored #2 on the Oricon Daily Charts and #5 on the Oricon Weekly Charts, selling 37,797 copies in its first week.


"Dim" is a 1967 drama film written by Slobodan Kosovalic and Borislav Pekic and directed by...


  1. DIM a.k.a. 3,3'-Diindolylmethane: 3,3′-Diindolylmethane or DIM is a compound derived from the digestion of indole-3-carbinol, found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale. The reputation of Brassica vegetables as healthy foods rests in part on the activities of diindolylmethane.
  2. Dim a.k.a. Dime Language: Dime or Dima is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in the northern part of the Selamago district in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region of Ethiopia, around Mount Smith. Dime divides into at least two dialects, which include Us'a and Gerfa. It has six case suffixes, in addition to an unmarked nominative. It is overwhelmingly suffixing, but uses prefixes for demonstratives. Phonologically, it is noteworthy for having velar and uvular fricative phonemes. The basic word order is SOV, as in other Omotic languages, indeed as in all the languages of the core of the Ethiopian Language Area.
    • also known as Dima

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for DIM

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Google previewSemantic Relations and the Lexicon (2003)

by M. Lynne Murphy

Relation Relation Elements Examples Contradictory DIM (BIP (Sym), Dich) alive/dead, male/female Contrary DIM (BIP (Sym), Cont) old/young, smooth/rough Directional DIM ...

Google previewEntick's New Spelling Dictionary (1791)

Teaching to Write and Pronounce the English Tongue with Ease and Propriety, in Wich Each Word is Accented According to Its Just and Natural Pronunciation ... with a List of Proper Names of Men and Women ..., Towich is Prefixed a Gammatical Introduction to the English Tongue by John Entick, William Crakelt

Dim, v. a. to cloud, darken.obscure, veil, overcast Dimen'sijn,/. the solid bulk, bulk, capacity, size Dimens'ive, a. marking out the limits, bounding D'nnin'ilh, v. to make or to grow left, to degrade Piirinisli'ingly, ad. in a vilifying or bad manner ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety (1998)

by Jeanne Mager Stellman

Great Lakes Pollution Prevention Initiative Program key HM - Pollution prevention project initiated by industries/municipalities dim = Pollution prevention being developed with industries/municipality EC . Project funded by Environment Canada ...

Google previewA General Pronouncing and Explanatory Dictionary of the English Language (1814)

To which is Added, a Vocabulary of Scripture Proper Names, &c by George Fulton, G. Knight

dim with rheum ; obscure Bleat, blEt, v. to cry as a sheep Bleed, bled, v. to let blood ; to lose blood Blemish, blem'ish, n. a spot or stain ; disgraci — v. to defame ; to deform Blench, blensh, v. to shrink ; to start back Blend, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Database Technologies and Applications (2006)

by Laura C. Rivero, Jorge H. Doorn, Viviana E. Ferraggine

dim( ) (((dim( ),dim( )) ) A B maxA B o o o o ∩ = −1 ∧ ∩ ∧ ∩ ( ) ( ) A B A A B B Overlap 4. Let A, B be two geo-objects, both members of the Line or of the Polygon class. Then (A overlap B) = TRUE ...

Google previewMehri Lexicon and English-Mehri Word-list (1987)

by Thomas M. Johnstone

dim. karanot/karanawtan mountain. (E har, dim. (jaranut, c hïr/hïrata , dim. hérnat/ hírnati ) ...

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Quotes about DIM

The future is an opaque mirror. Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face. (Jim Bishop)
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Scrabble value of D2I1M3

The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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