Definition of trim verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    trim

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//trɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trɪm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trim
    BrE BrE//trɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trɪm//
     
    he / she / it trims
    BrE BrE//trɪmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trɪmz//
     
    past simple trimmed
    BrE BrE//trɪmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trɪmd//
     
    past participle trimmed
    BrE BrE//trɪmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trɪmd//
     
    -ing form trimming
    BrE BrE//ˈtrɪmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrɪmɪŋ//
     
    Styling hair, Gardening
     
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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 had been trimmed by £10 000. a neatly-trimmed beard See related entries: Styling hair, Gardening
  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 centimetres off the hem of the skirt.
  3. 3[usually passive] trim something (with something) to decorate something, especially around its edges gloves trimmed with fur
  4. Word Origin Old English trymman, trymian ‘make firm, arrange’, of which the adjective appears to be a derivative. The word's history is obscure; current verb senses date from the early 16th cent. when usage became frequent and served many purposes: this is possibly explained by spoken or dialect use in the Middle English period not recorded in existing literature.Extra examples The board will be trimmed down to eight members. Trim away the lower leaves. We need to trim the hedge back. We trimmed the bush into a heart shape. his neatly trimmed beard She wore gloves trimmed with fur. The hedge needs to be trimmed back. Trim some of the fat off the meat. Trim the edges with a sharp knife.Idioms
    1. 1to arrange the sails of a boat to suit the wind so that the boat moves faster See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
    2. 2to reduce your costs
    Phrasal Verbstrim down
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