Meaning of “slim” in the English Dictionary

"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 /slɪm/ us

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 /slɪm/ us -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)