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American English: /dɪm/
British English: /dɪm/

Translation of dim in Spanish:

adjective comparative dimmer superlative dimmest

  • 1 1.1 (dark)
    poco iluminado
    Example sentences
    • Her big dark emerald green eyes shone brightly in the dim light.
    • The dim rays of light were shining through, just like before.
    • The lighting that is currently in place is extremely poor, with only six lights providing dim illumination inside the subway.
    Example sentences
    • Frescoes of demons and spirits writhe across the walls of its prayer halls, and the drone of absorbed monks fills dim rooms and corridors.
    • About half of the 20 young women are otherwise engaged in the Champagne Room, a dim, closet-size space that holds half a dozen couples.
    • I was pleasantly surprised to discover a clamorous, dim room filled with networked computers available dirt-cheap.
    1.2 (indistinct)
    in the dim and distant past
    en el pasado remoto
    Example sentences
    • Then she began to make out dim shapes that in a few moments revealed themselves to be crates, tackle, ropes, barrels, and hooks.
    • Then, turning back towards the dim shapes across the stream, ‘It's like that joke about looking into a nudist camp,’ he said.
    • Eventually the ship's throbbing cut out, and they could see the dim shapes of launches being lowered over the sides.
    Example sentences
    • I have in mind a dim memory of the Commissioner trying to grapple with this kind or problem.
    • I can also vaguely recall occasionally going to a club called Catacombs, but since I was off my face on snakebite and black, my memories are dim and distant.
    • Those days, however, must seem a dim and distant memory.
    1.3 (gloomy, hopeless)
    nada halagüeño
    nada prometedor
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    Example sentences
    • Once they leave, future prospects are extremely dim.
    • The Minister painted a human figure in black surrounded by red with a dash of yellow on the top giving it a cheerful outlook in otherwise dim circumstances.
    • But our chronically weak dollar is a clear sign that the global investment community thinks our economic prospects are dim.
    1.4 (of eyesight) (predicative) his eyesight is growing dim
    cada vez ve peor
    le está fallando la vista
    eyes dim with tears
    ojos nublados or empañados por las lágrimas
    Example sentences
    • ‘My eyes are dim, I cannot see, I have not brought my specs with me, I have not brought my specs with me’.
    • Her chestnut eyes were dim with sleepiness as they came in contact with his live blue ones.
    • When she stood back up, the blood rushed around her brain and made her eyes go dim for a moment.
  • 2 (stupid) [colloquial]
    corto (de luces) [colloquial]
    tonto [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • No less worrisome, therefore, is the fact that the networks that own so many of these stations are too dim to understand this fact.
    • It was generally accepted that he either wanted a nuclear war or was too dim to understand the consequences.
    • I try convincing a couple of girls driving in to back out and go back in again, but they are too dim to understand.

transitive verb present participle dimming past tense, past participle dimmed

  • 1
    to dim one's headlights (US)
    poner las (luces) cortas or de cruce
    poner las (luces) bajas (Latin America)
    bajar las luces
    Example sentences
    • The bright lights dimmed, the piano's final note died down, and it was over.
    • As the star got larger and larger and almost unbearably bright, the light started to dim, fading away behind them.
    • When you come through the front door the lights have dimmed, the curtains closed and music is playing to welcome you home.
  • 2
    ir debilitando
    ir borrando
    hacer perder
    empañar [literary]
    tears dimmed her eyes
    las lágrimas le nublaron or le empañaron los ojos
    Example sentences
    • Conversely, after the Chinese intervention, support declined, based on dimming prospects for gains beyond the status quo.
    • You've allowed the passage of time to dim the intensity of the moment and your rational faculty to devalue what is no longer integral to your life.
    • The impact of a year of low-intensity warfare on public opinion on both sides of the divide has further dimmed the prospects for peace.
    Example sentences
    • His sight was dimming and his hearing had nearly disappeared.
    • Jonathon's sight was dimming; it was swimming in blood and useless tears.
    • If one continues to look at it, one's sight becomes dazzled and dimmed, so it is preferable to look at its image in water and avoid a direct look at it, because the intensity of its rays is thereby reduced.

intransitive verb present participle dimming past tense, past participle dimmed

  • 1 (lessen in brightness)
    irse atenuando
  • 2
    irse borrando
    irse debilitando

Phrasal verbs

dim out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (US)
ir oscureciendo
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