Trim - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |trɪm|  American pronunciation of the word trim
Brit.  |trɪm|  British pronunciation of the word trim
- a state of arrangement or appearance
- a decoration or adornment on a garment (syn: passementerie, trimming)
- attitude of an aircraft in flight when allowed to take its own orientation
- cutting down to the desired size or shape (syn: clipping, trimming)
- remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size (syn: pare)
- decorate, as with ornaments
- cut down on; make a reduction in (syn: bring down, cut, cut back, cut down, reduce, trim down)
- balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces
- be in equilibrium during a flight
- decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods (syn: dress, garnish)
- cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of (syn: clip, crop, cut back, dress, lop, prune, snip)
- cut closely (syn: shave)
- adjust (sails on a ship) so that the wind is optimally used
- thin and fit (syn: spare)
- of places; characterized by order and neatness; free from disorder (syn: shipshape)
- neat and smart in appearance (syn: clean- cut, trig)
- severely simple in line or design (syn: tailored)


The hedges need to be trimmed.

They are looking for ways to trim the budget.

We trimmed the Christmas tree.

She has a trim figure.

He keeps fit and trim by biking.

...the doctor declared her to be in good trim for the race...

We shall have to trim our spending down to fit our income.

The coat was trimmed with fur.

He trimmed me at chess.

She saw him in his travelling trim.

The vessel had got out of trim.

I am in good marching trim.

His wife knows well his trim.

He keeps trim by jogging.

The ship was trim.

Phrasal verbs

trim down  — cut down on; make a reduction in

Word forms

I/you/we/they: trim
he/she/it: trims
present participle: trimming
past tense: trimmed
past participle: trimmed
comparative: trimmer
superlative: trimmest
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