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verb (used with object), be·dimmed, be·dim·ming.
  1. to make dim; darken; obscure.
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Origin of bedim

First recorded in 1560–70; be- + dim
Related formsun·be·dimmed, adjective

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Related Words for bedim

darken, overcast, adumbrate, fog, fade, becloud, obscure, mist, cloud, gloom

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Historical Examples of bedim

  • Then her face flushed, and a warm cloud seemed to bedim her eyes.

    Wild Youth, Volume Complete

    Gilbert Parker

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for bedim


verb -dims, -dimming or -dimmed
  1. (tr) to make dim or obscure
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Word Origin and History for bedim


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

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