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Language: Old English
Origin: trymian, trymman 'to strengthen, arrange', from trum 'strong, firm'

trim

1 verb
     
Related topics: Water
trim1 past tense and past participle trimmed, present participle trimming [transitive]
1

cut

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.
2

reduce

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

decorate

[usually passive] to decorate something, especially clothes, by adding things that look pretty
trim something with something
a dress trimmed with lace
At Christmas, the whole family helps trim the tree.
4

sail

TTW to move the sails of a boat in order to go faster

trim something ↔ back

phrasal verb
to make something shorter or smaller:
Trim the stems back carefully.
Most airlines have trimmed back their operations.

trim down

phrasal verb
to lose weight deliberately:
Anne has trimmed down from 22 stone to 18.
WORD FOCUS: cut WORD FOCUS: cut
chop to cut vegetables, meat, or wood into pieces
slice
to cut bread, vegetables, or meat into thin pieces
dice
to cut vegetables into small pieces
peel
to cut the outside part off an onion, apple etc
grate
to cut cheese or vegetables into small pieces by rubbing them against a special tool
carve
to cut pieces from a large piece of meat
saw
to cut wood using a special tool called a saw
chop down
to cut down a tree, using an axe
snip
to cut something quickly using scissors
shave
to remove hair from your face or body
trim
to remove small parts of something to make it look neat
mow
to cut grass
prune
to cut off the top part of plants, in order to make them grow better
cut

See also
cut
WORD 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 also
garden

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