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verb [transitive] trim pronunciation in British English /trɪm/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletrimming
past tensetrimmed
past participletrimmed
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  1. 1
    to cut something such as hair so that it looks tidy
    Someone is trimming the grass outside with shears.
    a well-trimmed beard
    I had an inch trimmed off at the hairdresser’s.
  2. 2
    to reduce the amount or number of something
    trim something to something: The workforce has been trimmed to 230.
    trim something from something: The company had also trimmed £46,000 from its advertising budget.
  3. 4
    to decorate the edges of something, for example a piece of clothing
    a fur-trimmed coat
    1. a.
      American to decorate something
      The kids always enjoy trimming the Christmas tree.

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