dim - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    dim light is not bright

    the dim glow of the streetlamp

    1. a.
      dim places do not have much light in them, so you cannot see very well

      The room was very dim.

    2. b.
      dim shapes are not clear, because there is not much light or because they are far away

      She caught a glimpse of a dim figure in the dark kitchen.

  2. 2
    [usually before noun] a dim memory is something that you cannot remember very well because it happened a long time ago

    I had a dim recollection of a visit to a big dark house.

    1. a.
      used about something that you do not know much about or cannot understand very well

      He only had a dim awareness of the issues involved.

  3. 4
    if the chances of something good happening are dim, it is not likely to happen

    Their hopes of victory were starting to look dim.

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