From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtrimtrim1 /trɪm/ ●●○ verb (trimmed, trimming) [transitive] 1 cutCUT to make something look neater by cutting small pieces off it Pete was trimming the lawn around the roses. I have my hair trimmed every six weeks.trim something away/off Trim away any excess glue with a knife.► see thesaurus at cut2 reduceREDUCE to reduce a number, amount, or the size of something We need to trim costs by £500m. The bill would trim the number of immigrants to the US.trim something from/off something The company trimmed £46,000 from its advertising budget.3 decorateDECORATE to decorate something, especially clothes, by adding things that look prettybe trimmed with something a dress trimmed with lace At Christmas, the whole family helps trim the tree. Grammar Trim is often passive in this meaning.4 sailTTW to move the sails of a boat in order to go faster → trim something ↔ back → trim down→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpustrim• Congress plans to trim $200 million from the Pentagon budget.• Do you think the hedge needs trimming?• In February, you must trim back to a fat bud.• By trimming costs and improving service the hotel has now started to make a profit again.• The council had to trim its £21.6m spending plans by £1.4m, due to the Government's capping limits.• Could you just trim my hair at the back?• I need to trim my mustache.• Press down the edges to seal and trim off the excess pastry.• Stocks and bonds yesterday trimmed part of their losses made earlier this week.• Use a sharp knife to trim round fittings or skirting boards - obviously this needs to be done with care.• We trimmed the bushes in front of the house.• The proposed bill would trim welfare spending by $5 billion.• The house was made of gingerbread and trimmed with raisins and nuts.trim costs• Neither patients or doctors have any incentive to use purchaser power to trim costs.be trimmed with something• Her black dress was trimmed with blue ribbon.