trim - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participletrimming
past tensetrimmed
past participletrimmed
  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. 3
    to arrange the sails on a boat so that they are suitable for the wind
    1. a.
      to change the position of the flaps on a plane so that it is balanced and under control
  4. 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.

phrasal verbs