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"trim" in British English

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trimverb [T]

uk   us   /trɪm/ (-mm-)

trimadjective

uk   us   /trɪm/ (trimmer, trimmest)
  • trim adjective (THIN)

approving thin in an ​attractive and ​healthy way: You're ​looking very trim - have you ​lostweight?
  • trim adjective (TIDY)

tidy and well ​ordered: trim ​lawns and ​neatflowerbeds

trimnoun

uk   us   /trɪm/
  • trim noun (CUT)

[S] an ​act of making something, ​especially someone's ​hair, ​tidier or more ​level by ​cutting a ​smallamount 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 physicallyprepared and ​ready, or in good ​condition: Are you in trim for the ​run on ​Sunday?
(Definition of trim from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"trim" in American English

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trimverb [T]

 us   /trɪm/ (-mm-)
  • trim verb [T] (CUT)

to make something ​neater or more ​even by ​cutting a ​smallamount off: He had a ​neatly trimmed ​beard. To trim is also to ​reduce: We have to trim ​costs by not making any ​unnecessarytrips.
  • trim verb [T] (DECORATE)

to ​adddecoration to something: The ​robe was trimmed with ​fur.

trimnoun [U]

 us   /trɪm/
  • trim noun [U] (DECORATION)

material used to ​adddecoration to something: The team’s new ​uniforms are ​blue with ​black trim.

trimadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /trɪm/ (-mm-)
thin and ​appearing to be in good ​physicalcondition: He was a ​short, trim, ​wiry man.
(Definition of trim from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"trim" in Business English

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trimverb [T]

uk   us   /trɪm/ (-mm-) (also trim back)
to ​reduce the ​amount or ​size of something: The ​bank will trim 850 ​workers as ​part of a ​cost-cuttingprogram. Several ​programs were ​eliminated to trim $600,000 from the company's $6.7 million ​annualbudget. trim ​costs/​debt/​growth
trim the fat informal FINANCE to ​reduce unnecessary ​spending: The ​companyneeds to trim the fat to make itself attractive to ​corporateinvestors. The ​articleadvises on how to trim the fat from your ​grocerybill.
(Definition of trim from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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