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[bih-dim] /bɪˈdɪm/
verb (used with object), bedimmed, bedimming.
to make dim; darken; obscure.
Origin of bedim
First recorded in 1560-70; be- + dim
Related forms
unbedimmed, adjective
becloud, overcast, shroud; muddle.
illumine, brighten. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bedim
Historical Examples
  • Then her face flushed, and a warm cloud seemed to bedim her eyes.

  • He cast his eyes on that rider,—but one glance was enough to bedim his eye-sight, if not to scare away his reason.

  • Here is his sure title to nobility—a title that neither time nor eternity can ever tarnish or bedim.

  • No men have done more to bedim the reputation of Washington, than Jefferson and Randolph.

    Dealings with the Dead, Volume I (of 2) A Sexton of the Old School
  • A little joy on earth, they think, will not bedim the lustre of a life that is to come—if such there be.

    A Thoughtless Yes Helen H. Gardener
  • It is sometimes intensive, as in bestir, and converts an adjective into a verb, as in bedim.

    New Word-Analysis William Swinton
British Dictionary definitions for bedim


verb -dims, -dimming, -dimmed
(transitive) to make dim or obscure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bedim

1560s, from be- + dim (adj.). Related: Bedimmed; bedimming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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