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1‘the stage lighting was extremely dim’
faint, weak, feeble, soft, pale, dull, dingy, subdued, muted, flat, lustreless
2‘it was a dim, grey day’
dark, darkish, sombre, dingy, dismal, gloomy, dusky, murky
grey, overcast, leaden, cloudy, misty, foggy
badly lit, poorly lit, ill-lit, unlit, unilluminated
literary crepuscular, tenebrous
rare Stygian, Cimmerian, caliginous
3‘he glimpsed dim shapes through the foliage’
indistinct, ill-defined, unclear, vague, shadowy, imperceptible, nebulous, obscured, blurred, blurry, fuzzy, bleary
4‘he had only dim memories of his late father’
vague, unclear, indistinct, imprecise, imperfect, confused, sketchy, hazy, blurred, shadowy, foggy, obscure, remote
5‘I expect you think I'm awfully dim’
6‘their prospects for the future looked fairly dim’
gloomy, sombre, unpromising, unfavourable, discouraging, disheartening, depressing, dispiriting
1‘she insisted the lights be dimmed’
turn down, lower, dip
make dim, make faint, make less bright, make less intense, soften, subdue, mute
2‘wait until the gas lamps dim’
grow faint, grow feeble, grow dim, fade, dull
3‘the skies dimmed’
grow dark, darken, blacken, cloud over, become overcast, grow leaden, lour, become gloomy
4‘my memories have not dimmed with the passage of time’
fade, become vague, become indistinct, grow dim, blur, become blurred, become shadowy, become confused
dull, numb, fail, disappear
5‘the fighting dimmed hopes of peace’
diminish, reduce, lessen, weaken, fade, make faint, undermine, impair
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