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Definition of trim verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trim
    he / she / it trims
    past simple trimmed
    -ing form trimming
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  1. 1trim something to make something neater, smaller, better, etc., by cutting parts from it to trim your hair to trim a hedge (back) (figurative) The training budget was trimmed by $15,000. a neatly trimmed beard
  2. 2trim something (off something) trim something (off/away) to cut away unnecessary parts from something Trim any excess fat off the meat. I trimmed two inches off the bottom of the skirt.
  3. 3[usually passive] trim something (with something) to decorate something, especially around its edges gloves trimmed with fur
  4. Idioms
    trim your sails
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    to arrange the sails of a boat to suit the wind so that the boat moves faster
    Phrasal Verbstrim down
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: trim