At Christmas, the whole family helps trim the tree.
TTWto move the sails of a boat in order to go faster
trim something ↔ back
to make something shorter or smaller:
Trim the stems back carefully.
Most airlines have trimmed back their operations.
to lose weight deliberately:
Anne has trimmed down from 22 stone to 18.
WORD FOCUS: cut WORD FOCUS: cut chopto cut vegetables, meat, or wood into pieces sliceto cut bread, vegetables, or meat into thin pieces diceto cut vegetables into small pieces peelto cut the outside part off an onion, apple etc grateto cut cheese or vegetables into small pieces by rubbing them against a special tool carveto cut pieces from a large piece of meat sawto cut wood using a special tool called a saw chop downto cut down a tree, using an axe snipto cut something quickly using scissors shaveto remove hair from your face or body trimto remove small parts of something to make it look neat mowto cut grass pruneto cut off the top part of plants, in order to make them grow better cut ➔ See alsocutWORD FOCUS: garden WORD FOCUS: garden parts of a garden:lawn, flowerbed, hedge, patio, rockery, pond, greenhouse, compost heap, kitchen garden things you do in the garden:cut the grass/mow the lawn, weed the flowerbeds, sow seeds, plant flowers/bushes/trees, water the plants, cut back/prune roses and other bushes, trim the hedge ➔ See alsogarden
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.