Meaning of “trim” in the English Dictionary

"trim" in British English

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trimverb [ T ]

uk /trɪm/ us /trɪm/ -mm-


uk /trɪm/ us /trɪm/ trimmer, trimmest


uk /trɪm/ 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 (PREPARED)

in trim informal

physically prepared 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 small amount off:

He had a neatly trimmed beard.

To trim is also to reduce:

We have to trim costs by not making any unnecessary trips.

trim verb [ T ] (DECORATE)

to add decoration to something:

The robe was trimmed with fur.

trimnoun [ U ]

us /trɪm/

trim noun [ U ] (DECORATION)

material used to add decoration to something:

The team’s new uniforms are blue with black trim.

trimadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /trɪm/ -mm-

trim adjective [ -er/-est only ] (THIN)

thin and appearing to be in good physical condition:

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 /trɪm/ us -mm- also trim back

to reduce the amount or size of something:

The bank will trim 850 workers as part of a cost-cutting program.
Several programs were eliminated to trim $600,000 from the company's $6.7 million annual budget.
trim the fat informal

FINANCE to reduce unnecessary spending:

The company needs to trim the fat to make itself attractive to corporate investors.
The article advises on how to trim the fat from your grocery bill.

(Definition of “trim” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)