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Synonyms for dim
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dim, subdued(adj)

    lacking in light; not bright or harsh

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

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

    Antonyms:
    light, smart, distinct, hopeful

  2. dim, faint, shadowy, vague, wispy(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    distinct, hopeful, smart, light

  3. dimmed, dim(adj)

    made dim or less bright

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

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

    Antonyms:
    hopeful, light, distinct, smart

  4. black, bleak, dim(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    hopeful, distinct, smart, light

  5. dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow(verb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    light, distinct, smart, hopeful

  6. dim, dip(verb)

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

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

    Antonyms:
    light, smart, hopeful, distinct

  7. dim(verb)

    become dim or lusterless

    "the lights dimmed and the curtain rose"

    Synonyms:
    slur, blind, blur, dip

    Antonyms:
    light, distinct, smart, hopeful

  8. dim(verb)

    make dim or lusterless

    "Time had dimmed the silver"

    Synonyms:
    slur, blind, blur, dip

    Antonyms:
    hopeful, distinct, smart, light

  9. blind, dim(verb)

    make dim by comparison or conceal

    Synonyms:
    slur, blind, blur, dip

    Antonyms:
    distinct, smart, light, hopeful

  10. blur, dim, slur(verb)

    become vague or indistinct

    "The distinction between the two theories blurred"

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

    Antonyms:
    light, distinct, smart, hopeful

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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.

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. dim(a.)

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

  2. dim(a.)

    Synonyms:
    dull, obtuse, slow to see

  3. dim(a.)

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

  4. dim(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    darken, obscure, cloud

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    imgs, img, bleak, sun, dimming, lol, blacked-out, gloomy, attenuate, attenuation, dimmer, dark, dimension

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Translations for dim

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  • خافتArabic
  • неясен, замъглен, помътнявам, мътен, потъмнявамBulgarian
  • mdlý, tmavýCzech
  • dämmerig, schummrig, dämlichGerman
  • σκοτεινός, θολός, θαμπώνω, θαμπός, δυσδιάκριτος, αμυδρός, κουτός, θολώνωGreek
  • tenue, tontoSpanish
  • himmeäFinnish
  • tamisé, bête, indistinct, flou, ternir, faibleFrench
  • כההHebrew
  • homályos, opálos, elmosódott, színtelen, ködbe vesző, fénytelenHungarian
  • debole, abbassare, annerire, oscura, affievolire, affievolirsi, indistinto, fioca, annebbiare, indistinta, tonta, fioco, offuscare, oscuro, tontoItalian
  • ほの暗い, 薄暗いJapanese
  • blāvsLatvian
  • afblinden, donker, vaag, verduisteren, mat, schemerig, dimmen, schemerachtig, domDutch
  • dimt, dim, dimmeNorwegian
  • indistinto, ofuscar, sombrio, burro, opaco, obtuso, escurecer, FracoPortuguese
  • vag, ternRomanian
  • смутный, тускнеть, затемнять, неясный, тупой, тусклыйRussian
  • మసకTelugu
  • тусклоUkrainian

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