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dimadjective [-er/-est only]

us   /dɪm/ -mm-
not bright; not giving or having much light: A dim bulb provides the only light in the hall.
Something that is dim is also not clear in your mind or memory or not likely to happen: I had only a dim memory of a tall, slender man.
dimly
adverb us   /ˈdɪm·li/
a dimly lit hallway

dimverb [I/T]

us   /dɪm/ -mm-
to become or make something less bright: [I] In the middle of the storm, the lights suddenly dimmed.
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dimadjective

uk   /dɪm/ us   /dɪm/ dimmer, dimmest
  • dim adjective (NOT CLEAR)

C2 not giving or having much light: The lamp gave out a dim light. He sat in a dim corner of the waiting room. We could see a dim (= not easily seen) shape in the fog.
literary If your eyes are dim, you cannot see very well.
a dim memory, recollection, etc.
C2 something that you remember slightly, but not very well: I had a dim recollection of having met her before.
dimly
adverb uk   /ˈdɪm.li/ us   /ˈdɪm.li/
The room was dimly lit. I dimly remembered reading the book a few years before.
dimness
noun [U] uk   /ˈdɪm.nəs/ us   /ˈdɪm.nəs/

dimverb [I or T]

uk   /dɪm/ us   /dɪm/ -mm-
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