trim

verb
\ ˈtrim \
trimmed; trimming

Definition of trim

 (Entry 1 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to remove by or as if by cutting trimmed thousands from federal payrollsGrit
b : to make trim and neat especially by cutting or clipping trim the hedges
c : to free of excess or extraneous matter by or as if by cutting trim a budget trim down the inventory
2 : to embellish with or as if with ribbons, lace, or ornaments trim the Christmas tree the coat was trimmed with fur
3a : to administer a beating to : thrash
b : defeat trimmed me at chess
4a(1) : to cause (a ship) to assume a desirable position in the water by arrangement of ballast, cargo, or passengers
(2) : to adjust (something, such as an airplane or submarine) for horizontal movement or for motion upward or downward
b : to adjust (something, such as cargo or a sail) to a desired position

intransitive verb

1a : to maintain neutrality between opposing parties or to favor each equally
b : to change one's views for reasons of expediency
2 : to assume or cause a boat to assume a desired position in the water a boat that trims badly
trim one's sails
: to adjust oneself or one's actions to prevailing conditions compromise or trim your sails to suit the political winds— Philip Johnston

trim

adjective
trimmer; trimmest

Definition of trim (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : exhibiting neatness, good order, or compactness of line or structure a trim beard trim lawns … a trim, well-built beach house not far from a spanking new superhighway.The Saturday Review
2 : slim and physically fit kept himself trim by biking every day His lithe student, trim in a tennis dress, watched while holding her racquet on her shoulder.— E. L. Doctorow
3 : ready for service or use
4 obsolete : excellent, fine

trim

adverb

Definition of trim (Entry 3 of 5)

: in a trim manner : trimly used chiefly in combination the trim-cut forest vistas— W. M. Thackeray

trim

noun

Definition of trim (Entry 4 of 5)

1 : a haircut that neatens a previous haircut
2a : material used for ornament or trimming
b : the material (such as wood, stone, or vinyl) in the finish of a building especially around openings But now, marble is back in style with a vengeance, in demand for building facades, interior trim and finishes.— David Roberts In home building, carpenters build the house framework, frame the roof and interior partitions, and install doors, windows, flooring, cabinets, wood paneling, and molding and trim.Occupational Outlook Handbook
c : the interior furnishings of an automobile
d : one's clothing or appearance
3 : suitable or excellent condition tries to keep in trim
4a : the position of a ship or boat especially with reference to the horizontal also : the difference between the draft of a ship forward and that aft
b : the relation between the plane of a sail and the direction of the ship
c : the buoyancy status of a submarine
d : the attitude of a lighter-than-air craft relative to a fore-and-aft horizontal plane
e : the attitude with respect to wind axes at which an airplane will continue in level flight with free controls
5 : something that is trimmed off or cut out

Trim

geographical name
\ ˈtrim \

Definition of Trim (Entry 5 of 5)

town in eastern Ireland area population 8268

Note: Trim is the capital of County Meath.

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Other Words from trim

Adjective

trimly adverb
trimness noun

Examples of trim in a Sentence

Verb

The hedges need to be trimmed. They are looking for ways to trim the budget. We trimmed the Christmas tree. a pillow trimmed in lace

Adjective

She has a trim figure. He keeps fit and trim by biking.

Noun

a skirt with lace trim the doctor declared her to be in good trim for the race
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For the family vacay, the stylish new mom opted for a white bikini—by British label Biondi London—with a decorative blue crochet trim. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Sports the Cutest White Bikini in St. Barts with Her Family," 3 Jan. 2019 And never associate your recall word with an unpleasant activity for your dog, like nail trimming or bathing. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "This Abandoned Shelter Dog Rescued the Missing Son of Her Former Trainer," 20 Nov. 2018 The end result of their collaboration: A movie in which Rimes plays Eve, an interim school superintendent who returns to her hometown tasked with ugly assignment of trimming the budget. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "LeAnn Rimes Is Doing Her First Hallmark Christmas Movie—But on Her Terms," 9 Nov. 2018 The company, which just beat Wall Street’s second-quarter expectations, is trying to battle rivals Amazon, Google and Alibaba by trimming its workforce and rebranding from an auction center to a place where customers can scout for new products. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Zuckerberg speaks — then speaks again," 19 July 2018 Fashioned inside and out of smooth, mirror-like silver trimmed with green gold, the casket is set with 86 pearls, 88 black onyx stones and 143 matched purple amethysts. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork’ Review: All That Glitters," 28 Nov. 2018 Italic Consider the luxury handbag: made from sumptuous leather, trimmed with sturdy hardware, built to stand the test of time, and finished with the brand’s status-imbuing label. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Italic sells brandless luxury goods from manufactures for Celine, Prada, and Gucci.," 15 Nov. 2018 According to the press release, the CUVolution is a bright orange camper trimmed in a matte anthracite color created to look like carbon fiber. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper vans get a race car makeover," 17 Aug. 2018 And the parklet has some great accessories, trimmed out in red: a bubbler (and water-bottle filler) at adult, child and dog heights, and a bicycle repair stand with tools and a tire pump. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dining patios proliferate around Milwaukee; a look at some new ones for 2018," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

One communicates with the bike through the bright, legible 5-inch TFT liquid crystal display (standard with the S-trim level) and a toggle selector on the left-hand grip. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S: The Bike for a Bucket-List Ride," 21 Nov. 2018 Our Ultimate-trim example was fitted with 18-inch aluminum wheels wearing Goodyear Eagle Touring all-season tires; the base SE gets 16-inch alloys, while the SEL and Limited ride on 17-inchers. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2018 Hyundai Kona," 26 Mar. 2018 There are six trim levels for 2018 for the gasoline-only Pacifica, which begins with the new entry level L model ($26,995, plus $1,095 freight), and goes as high as the Limited ($43,695). G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Chrysler Pacifica : Plug-in hybrid minivan starts at $39,995, can go 30 miles on battery," 19 Jan. 2018 Starting at $21,095, the Compass comes in four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Altitude, and Trailhawk. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Good drive, good value: The Jeep Compass Latitude reviewed," 29 Nov. 2018 Harry, not to be outdone by his wife's chic attire, traded in his go-to navy blue suit for a trim tuxedo. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Had the Best Reaction to Prince Harry Kissing an Elephant Puppet," 19 Nov. 2018 The windows are tall and skinny, often rounded at the top, and there is trim, trim, and more trim. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Victorian Homes," 6 Nov. 2018 The line offers 55 pigments, with each gallon of wall paint or trim paint costing $49. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "New startup Clare wants to make buying paint a breeze," 31 July 2018 Repetitive cycles of uncommanded nose down stabilizer continue to occur unless the stabilizer trim system is deactivated through use of both STAB TRIM CUTOUT switches in accordance with the existing procedures in the Runaway Stabilizer NNC. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Indonesia 737 crash caused by “safety” feature change pilots weren’t told of," 13 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Eliminating the resources that are underutilized, making the budget as trim as possible. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Merton School Board candidates debate budget priorities, school safety, community engagement," 28 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tesla still has to make good on its original promise to deliver a version of the car that starts at $35,000, which Musk delayed until 2019 in order to focus on more expensive, higher-margin trims. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 Chopra stunned in a green sari with a scalloped trim and gold floral embroidery. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Make Their First Post-Wedding Appearance," 3 Dec. 2018 That sensor had been tested to the pilot's satisfaction, says Boeing; but on the 28th, pilots still had problems and adjusted—and landed safely—by going to manual trim. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Lion Air Black Box Shows Pilots Tried to Fight Automatic Controls," 28 Nov. 2018 The Snow Ball is a white, hexagonal cat pod that looks like a little igloo, with a soft velvet shell, fluffy fur trim and white-on-white snowflake lining. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Best pet gifts for your four-legged friends," 14 Nov. 2018 In other words, not everyone wants to drown themselves in bows and jeweled trim on their big day. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Following the Success of Meghan Markle's Second Wedding Dress, Stella McCartney Is Launching Her First Bridal Collection," 13 Nov. 2018 And while these are the standard features of the Summit, all of Colorado Teardrop’s trailers can be customized with different trim options and colors to best suit your needs. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Teardrop trailer features bunkbeds to sleep a family of 4," 23 Oct. 2018 Featuring a bow-tie front, ruffled trim and a fringy hem, the top is the perfect combination of romantic and rocker chic. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Millie Bobby Brown Wears Denim Madewell Top on Instagram," 6 Oct. 2018 The profit is in the higher trims, Ivan Drury, senior manager of industry analysis at Edmunds.com, said by phone. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Elon Musk announces $78,000 version of Tesla Model 3 — unaffordable for the masses," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of trim

Verb

circa 1521, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Adjective

circa 1521, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1529, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1593, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for trim

Verb

probably from Middle English *trimmen to prepare, put in order, from Old English trymian, trymman to strengthen, arrange, from trum strong, firm; probably akin to Old English trēo tree, wood — more at tree entry 1

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trim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of trim

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to cut (something) off something else : to remove (something) by cutting

: to make (something) neat by cutting it

: to make the size, amount, or extent of (something) smaller

trim

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of trim (Entry 2 of 3)

: neat and orderly

: slim and healthy

trim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trim (Entry 3 of 3)

: an act of trimming something (such as hair)

: material (such as ribbons, lace, etc.) that is used for decorating something especially around its edges

trim

verb
\ ˈtrim \
trimmed; trimming

Kids Definition of trim

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to put decorations on : adorn The dress is trimmed in lace.
2 : to make neat especially by cutting or clipping He trimmed his beard.
3 : to free of unnecessary matter We need to trim our expenses.
4 : to adjust (as a sail) to a desired position

Other Words from trim

trimmer noun

trim

adjective
trimmer; trimmest

Kids Definition of trim (Entry 2 of 3)

: neat and compact in line or structure a trim house She maintains a trim figure.

Other Words from trim

trimly adverb

trim

noun

Kids Definition of trim (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : material used for ornament or trimming The jacket has fake fur trim.
2 : the woodwork in the finish of a building especially around doors and windows
3 : an act or instance of cutting or clipping I'm going to the barber for a trim.

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