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  • v  switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
  • v  become dim or lusterless
    the lights dimmed and the curtain rose
  • v  make dim or lusterless
    Time had dimmed the silver
  • v  make dim by comparison or conceal
  • v  become vague or indistinct
  • s  lacking in light; not bright or harsh
    a dim light beside the bed
  • s  lacking clarity or distinctness
    a dim figure in the distance
  • a  made dim or less bright
    the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation
    dimmed headlights
    we like dimmed lights when we have dinner
  • s  offering little or no hope
    took a dim view of things
  • s  slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
    never met anyone quite so dim

  • Green remains a dim figure for many Americans.
  • Those not in the mood for dim sum can seat themselves at a sushi counter run by one of Singapore's best Japanese restaurants, Tatsuya.
  • The LECs illuminate surfaces evenly but can also be programmed to dim, fade or flash on contact.
News & Articles


  • Tim Pawlenty in Houston Chronicle
    It's a disguised way to raise the income tax to buy down the property taxes without any reform also in the system, so we would take a dim view of that proposal,Pawlenty said at a news conference Monday morning.
  • Oprah Winfrey in Washington Post
    I wanted to give this opportunity to girls who had a light so bright that not even poverty could dim that light,Winfrey said at a news conference.
  • President Bush in TIME
    I disagree with this assessment that, you know, that people view America in a dim light,Bush said.

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