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English Synonyms and Antonyms1.0 / 1 vote

  1. dim

    Strictly, that which is black is absolutely destitute of color; that which is dark is absolutely destitute of light. In common speech, however, a coat is black, tho not optically colorless; the night is dark, tho the stars shine. That is obscure, shadowy, or shady from which the light is more or less cut off. Dusky is applied to objects which appear as if viewed in fading light; the word is often used, as are swart and swarthy, of the human skin when quite dark, or even verging toward black. Dim refers to imperfection of outline, from distance, darkness, mist, etc., or from some defect of vision. Opaque objects, as smoked glass, are impervious to light. Murky is said of that which is at once dark, obscure, and gloomy; as, a murky den; a murky sky. Figuratively, dark is emblematic of sadness, agreeing with somber, dismal, gloomy, also of moral evil; as, a dark deed. Of intellectual matters, dark is now rarely used in the old sense of a dark saying, etc. See MYSTERIOUS; OBSCURE.

    Compare synonyms for LIGHT.

    black, dark, dismal, dusky, gloomy, murky, mysterious, obscure, opaque, sable, shadowy, shady, somber, swart, swarthy

    bright, brilliant, clear, crystalline, dazzling, gleaming, glowing, illumined, light, lucid, luminous, radiant, shining, transparent, white

Princeton's WordNet2.9 / 9 votes

  1. dim, subduedadjective

    lacking in light; not bright or harsh

    "a dim light beside the bed"; "subdued lights and soft music"

    dull, low-key, hushed, dumb, dense, muted, soft, dimmed, black, quiet, vague, subdued, low-keyed, faint, wispy, obtuse, shadowy, bleak, slow

    light, smart, distinct, hopeful

  2. dim, faint, shadowy, vague, wispyadjective

    lacking clarity or distinctness

    "a 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"

    weak, shady, dull, wraithlike, dumb, shadowed, dense, faint-hearted, timid, undefined, swooning, dimmed, black, umbrageous, vague, fainthearted, subdued, feeble, faint, lightheaded, obscure, wispy, obtuse, light, shadowy, light-headed, wisplike, bleak, slow

    distinct, hopeful, smart, light

  3. dimmed, dimadjective

    made dim or less bright

    "the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation"; "dimmed headlights"; "we like dimmed lights when we have dinner"

    faint, dull, obtuse, shadowy, dense, slow, vague, dumb, dimmed, wispy, black, bleak, subdued

    hopeful, light, distinct, smart

  4. black, bleak, dimadjective

    offering little or no hope

    "the future looked black"; "prospects were bleak"; "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge; "took a dim view of things"

    blackened, cutting, fatal, subdued, bootleg, faint, disgraceful, slow, calamitous, dumb, dark, dense, bare, raw, black, fateful, wispy, smuggled, inglorious, desolate, pitch-dark, pitch-black, grim, mordant, stark, dull, contraband, dimmed, shameful, disastrous, smutty, shadowy, barren, ignominious, vague, bleak, black-market, opprobrious, obtuse, sinister

    hopeful, distinct, smart, light

  5. dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slowverb

    slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

    "so 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"- Thackeray; "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "worked with the slow students"

    vague, ho-hum, muted, sluggish, subdued, deadening, faint, mute, slow, thudding, boring, dumb, dense, irksome, black, silent, wispy, heavy, purblind, muffled, tedious, impenetrable, dull, dimmed, speechless, shadowy, tiresome, softened, bleak, thick, wearisome, obtuse, leaden

    light, distinct, smart, hopeful

  6. dim, dipverb

    switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam

    plunge, blur, douse, souse, dip, slur, duck, sink, blind, dunk

    light, smart, hopeful, distinct

  7. dimverb

    become dim or lusterless

    "the lights dimmed and the curtain rose"

    slur, blind, blur, dip

    light, distinct, smart, hopeful

  8. dimverb

    make dim or lusterless

    "Time had dimmed the silver"

    slur, blind, blur, dip

    hopeful, distinct, smart, light

  9. blind, dimverb

    make dim by comparison or conceal

    slur, blind, blur, dip

    distinct, smart, light, hopeful

  10. blur, dim, slurverb

    become vague or indistinct

    "The distinction between the two theories blurred"

    smear, glaze over, smudge, slur, blur, blear, dip, obnubilate, obscure, blind, confuse, film over, smutch

    light, distinct, smart, hopeful

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. dimadjective

    dusky, dark, obscure, shadowy, cloudy, not luminous

  2. dimadjective

    dull, obtuse, slow to see

  3. dimadjective

    darkened, obscured, clouded, faint, confused, shorn of its beams

  4. dimverb

    darken, obscure, cloud

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. dimadjective

    obscure, indistinct, faint, sullied, blurred

    bright, vivid, intense, clear

  2. dimverb

    bedim, obscure, darken, dull, eclipse, blur, tarnish

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  1. Robert Byrne:

    Cogito ergo dim sum. (Therefore I think these are pork buns.)

  2. Jim Bishop:

    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.

  3. Andrew Schneider:

    Greetings on this most exceedingly beautiful spring morning. A morning swollen with new life, a morning on which, if I had the voice, I would let loose with song. It's hard to believe just a few short weeks ago we were eating our cornflakes in the wintery dark. Now, well it's still kind of dim out there, but I can see the golden glow of Apollo's chariot waiting in the wings, about to make its entrance. Winter's on the lam, no doubt.

  4. William Blake:

    This life's dim windows of the soul Distorts the heavens from pole to pole And leads you to believe a lie When you see with, not through, the eye.

  5. Thomas Gitzel:

    The decline in orders from abroad paints a dim picture.

Translations for dim

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  • خافتArabic
  • помътнявам, замъглен, потъмнявам, неясен, мътенBulgarian
  • tmavý, mdlýCzech
  • schummrig, dämmerig, dämlichGerman
  • σκοτεινός, θολός, θαμπός, δυσδιάκριτος, αμυδρός, θαμπώνω, κουτός, θολώνωGreek
  • malheliEsperanto
  • tenue, tontoSpanish
  • himmeäFinnish
  • bête, indistinct, ternir, tamisé, faible, flouFrench
  • כההHebrew
  • homályos, fénytelen, színtelen, opálos, ködbe vesző, elmosódottHungarian
  • tonto, fioca, annebbiare, indistinta, oscuro, tonta, offuscare, fioco, debole, oscura, indistinto, affievolirsi, annerire, affievolire, abbassareItalian
  • ほの暗い, 薄暗いJapanese
  • blāvsLatvian
  • dimmen, dom, afblinden, schemerig, verduisteren, schemerachtig, mat, donker, vaagDutch
  • dimt, dim, dimmeNorwegian
  • Fraco, indistinto, escurecer, ofuscar, obtuso, sombrio, burro, opacoPortuguese
  • tern, vagRomanian
  • неясный, тусклый, тупой, затемнять, тускнеть, смутныйRussian
  • మసకTelugu
  • สลัวThai
  • тусклоUkrainian
  • 暗淡Chinese

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