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trim

verb [T] uk   us   /trɪm/ (-mm-)

trim verb [T] (CUT)

to make something tidier or more level by cutting a small amount off it: to trim the hedge My hair needs trimming. Trim off the leafy ends of the vegetable before cooking.

trim verb [T] (REDUCE)

to reduce the amount or size of something: They're trying to trim their costs, so staff who leave are not being replaced.

trim

adjective uk   us   /trɪm/ (trimmer, trimmest)

trim adjective (THIN)

approving thin in an attractive and healthy way: You're looking very trim - have you lost weight?

trim adjective (TIDY)

tidy and well ordered: trim lawns and neat flower beds

trim

noun uk   us   /trɪm/

trim noun (CUT)

[S] an act of making something, especially someone's hair, tidier or more level by cutting a small amount off it: I asked the hairdresser for a trim. Just give the ends a trim, please.

trim noun (MATERIAL)

[C or U] →  trimming

trim noun (PREPARED)

in trim informal physically prepared and ready, or in good condition: Are you in trim for the run on Sunday?
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