trim

verb
\ ˈtrim How to pronounce trim (audio) \
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 How to pronounce Trim (audio) \

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 Shade fabric: Stefanidis, Harbinger, with Samuel & Sons trim. Danielle Harling, House Beautiful, "A New York City Apartment by Elizabeth Cooper That Uses Every Possible Shade of Blue," 8 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, about 30 minutes before serving, trim off any fat that surrounds the perimeter of the duck breasts. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, "David Kinch Shows You a Foolproof Way to Cook Duck Breast at Home," 7 Apr. 2021 Utah did trim a 10-point late-second-quarter deficit to 60-56 midway through the third period, but the Mavericks scored 27 of the next 40 points to carry an 18-point lead into fourth quarter. Dallas News, "Dorian Finney-Smith’s aggression sets tone as Mavs beat Jazz, extend win streak to five games," 6 Apr. 2021 With its 181-hp inline-three and touring tires, the Outer Banks trim reviewed here is closer to what most buyers will end up with. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Ford Bronco Sport 1.5T Is a Tamer Bronco," 2 Apr. 2021 In addition to the duets the episodes will also trim the competitors list from 24 to 16 for the live shows that begin April 11. Gary Graff, cleveland, "Carrie Underwood, David Archuletta and Dionne Warwick top this week’s online concerts," 31 Mar. 2021 Route the speaker cables back to the receiver, trim to the appropriate length, strip the ends, and install in the speaker terminals, observing polarity. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Bluetooth Speaker Out of Just About Anything," 29 Mar. 2021 To prepare a leek, trim off the whiskers, cut it in half horizontally and retain the pale green part. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Look to leeks for a meatless brunch option," 24 Mar. 2021 Carefully trim any excess around the edges with a sharp razor blade. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "This New Peel-and-Stick Tile Makes It So Easy to Refresh Your Floors with Bold Style," 23 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Willamette Carpentry will donate trim labor and NW Custom Electric will volunteer to install electric systems. oregonlive, "Portland-area construction crews volunteer to build $1 million house to raise money for kids with cancer," 3 Apr. 2021 For those looking for McIntosh audio quality in the slightly less luxe 2022 Wagoneer, the MX950 system is available on that SUV's top Series III trim level. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "2022 Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer Get Audiophile-Grade Sound Systems," 11 Mar. 2021 Unlike the first-gen, when front-wheel drive was reserved for lower models, buyers in frost-free areas can get it on any trim level now. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 Buick Envision’s new looks, features have the feel of a hit," 6 Mar. 2021 Unlike the first-gen, when front-wheel drive was reserved for lower models, buyers in frost-free areas can get it on any trim level now. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Buick Envision’s new looks, features have the feel of a hit," 24 Feb. 2021 There's a new head-up display that's optional on certain trim levels and standard on the top-dog Denali. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2022 GMC Terrain Refreshed, Adds AT4 Off-Road Model," 23 Mar. 2021 Engine sizes often differ based on the version of the car model, also known as the trim level. Kayda Norman, Star Tribune, "How the car you drive can raise your auto insurance rates," 20 Mar. 2021 The 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer will come in five trim levels, ranging in price from $88,995 to $105,995, including the $2000 destination charge. Annie White, Car and Driver, "2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Priced Like Cadillac Escalade, Hits Six Figures," 11 Mar. 2021 Nearly all had trim, athletic builds — and flat stomachs. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "The Impact and Influence of Tiger Woods: Here. There. Everywhere.," 25 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Sturdy but comfortable, this 1901 shirt is trim-tailored and comes in two colors, Grey Magnet Oxford and Blue White Bengal Stripe. Alicia Kortendick, al, "Work from home wardrobe: The professional shirts and comfy sweatpants you need," 15 Apr. 2020 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 Flannery Trim, a 46-year-old company based in San Fernando, manufactures and sells aluminum trim pieces used in commercial and residential construction. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "California building products firm moving its operations to Fort Worth," 12 Apr. 2021 The second-row center seat belt latch may be trapped beneath the trim bezel and therefore inaccessible. USA TODAY, "Car recalls for April 1-8," 8 Apr. 2021 Pom-pom trim by Samuel & Sons ups the fun factor on pillows and window treatments. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Designer Robin Henry Expanded This New York Farmhouse to Better Suit a Bustling Family," 8 Apr. 2021 The textured grille makes a strong first impression, and the interesting shiny C-pillar trim is an upscale touch. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2022 Kia Carnival Fancies Up the Minivan," 5 Apr. 2021 Fortunately, the only damage the house sustained was to its trim and gutters. al, "On the trail of an EF3: Tracking the path of March 25′s strongest Alabama tornado," 29 Mar. 2021 The trim on this limited edition fountain and rollerball is sterling silver, and the fountain pen nib is 18-karat gold. Nancy Olson, Forbes, "What’s Your Shade? Writing Instruments For Spring," 19 Mar. 2021 Ion+ Stainless Steel Grooming Kit also stood out due to its precise, efficient trim that can handle any job from shearing down a Jeremiah Johnson–caliber beard to detailing precise lines on your neck and cheeks. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "The best beauty and grooming products we tested in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Available in a dark green ombré shade, this ribbed accessory features a fringed trim that will add some flare to your everyday outfits. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, "The entire Anthropologie sale section is an extra 40% off right now—what to shop," 27 Mar. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Trim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trim. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce trim (audio) \
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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