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Definition of dim verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dim

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dim
    BrE BrE//dɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪm//
     
    he / she / it dims
    BrE BrE//dɪmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪmz//
     
    past simple dimmed
    BrE BrE//dɪmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪmd//
     
    past participle dimmed
    BrE BrE//dɪmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪmd//
     
    -ing form dimming
    BrE BrE//ˈdɪmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪmɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] dim (something) if a light dims or if you dim it, it becomes or you make it less bright The lights in the theatre dimmed as the curtain rose.
  2. feeling/quality
  3. 2[intransitive, transitive] dim (something) if a feeling or quality dims, or if something dims it, it becomes less strong Her passion for dancing never dimmed over the years.
  4. Word Origin Old English dim, dimm, of Germanic origin; related to German dialect timmer.Extra examples The electric light flickered and dimmed slightly. We dimmed the lights in the room. Dim the lights to create some atmosphere.
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