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"slim" in British English

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slimadjective

uk   /slɪm/  us   /slɪm/ (slimmer, slimmest)

slimverb [I]

uk   /slɪm/  us   /slɪm/ (-mm-) UK
to try to get thinner by eating less food and doing more exercise: You don't have much lunch - are you slimming?
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slimnoun [U]

uk   /slɪm/  us   /slɪm/
East African for AIDS (= a serious disease that destroys the body's ability to fight infection)
(Definition of slim from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slim" in American English

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slimadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /slɪm/ (-mm-)
thin, or (esp. of people) attractively thin: She’s published several slim volumes of poetry.
Slim also means only a little or not much: Coaches told him his chances of making the team were slim at best.
(Definition of slim from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"slim" in Business English

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slimadjective

uk   us   /slɪm/
small or slight, especially in a way that makes success difficult: The trend was upwards, but the gains were slim. The polls show Brackett leading by a slim 51% to her opponent's 49%. The pizza delivery chain operates on a philosophy of slim margins and huge volume.
a slim chance or possibility is not likely to happen or be true: The likelihood of selling the machinery at that price is slim.a slim chance/possibility A member of the board said there was only a slim chance of the merger succeeding. There is still a slim hope of the negotiations ending well for union members.
a slim company or organization is one that has been made smaller, and often more effective, by reducing the number of employees it has: The result of the changes is a slimmer organization that is better able to respond to its customers.

slimverb [I or T]

uk   us   /slɪm/ (-mm-) (also slim (sth) down)
to reduce the number of people who work in a company or organization, often so that it operates more effectively: Margins are to be widened and central expenses slimmed down. The government developed a public works program as one way of slimming the 12% jobless rate.slim (down) to sth Having slimmed down to around 1400 staff, the company is now recruiting again.
slimming
noun [U]
Investors applauded the government's 10% slimming of budget spending.
(Definition of slim from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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