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 Major League Baseball’s decision to trim last year’s draft from 40 rounds to five altered the makeup of this season’s college rosters. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cal, Stanford baseball teams prepare for season amid pandemic," 18 Feb. 2021 Mayor Ron Nirenberg joined Treviño to call on downtown property owners to cut the lights and trim their energy use in order to save power. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "As hundreds of thousands huddled for warmth in historic cold, lights in downtown San Antonio were shining bright," 16 Feb. 2021 Now, a group of MIT researchers hopes to drastically trim these inefficiencies. Keith Gillogly, Wired, "Nature Makes Wood. Could a Lab Make It Better?," 16 Feb. 2021 Coach Jack Doss’ squad rallied from a 21-8 first-quarter deficit and a 31-22 halftime disadvantage to trim the score to 35-34 after three. al, "Huntsville nips Grissom in a thriller to move to 7A, Area 7 title game," 11 Feb. 2021 Christmas time, and Cloud and Tully are going over to the Mularkeys to trim the tree. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "R29 Recaps: Every Episode From Firefly Lane Season 1," 8 Feb. 2021 The Bucs wore all-white uniforms, save for orange numerals and trim, causing his pass-catchers to be camouflaged by the conditions. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Bucs vs. Packers at snowy Lambeau? 49ers’ Steve Young recalls his near-death experience," 23 Jan. 2021 The mastermind behind it all is producer Tom Dowd, who knew when to trim things down and what to leave in. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "50 greatest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame albums of 1971," 22 Jan. 2021 Use large serrated knife to trim rounded tops of cakes flat. Anna Helm Baxter, Woman's Day, "Valentine's Cake," 20 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Pool Kemble also gave the pool area a refresh, outfitting it with rattan furniture and scallop-trim umbrellas that recall Palm Beach's glory days—without looking dated. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Palm Beach's Iconic Colony Hotel Gets a Fun, Fresh Redesign," 10 Feb. 2021 Nor that this trim former accountant with the grandfatherly air had been secretly planning this mission for years. Reginald Dwayne Betts Kiese Makeba Laymon Carina Del Valle Schorske Dessa Irina Aleksander Sam Dolnick Mark Binelli Maggie Jones Rob Hoerburger Jamie Lauren Keiles Devin Gordon Jazmine Hughes Jenna Wortham Jade Chang Taffy Brodesser-akner Kaitlyn Greenidge Rowan Ricardo Phillips Michael Paterniti Wesley Morris Ismail Muhammad Anthony Giardina, New York Times, "Remembering some of the artists, innovators and thinkers we lost in the past year.," 23 Dec. 2020 One image showed a trim man moving through the Senate chamber in full paramilitary regalia: camouflage uniform, Kevlar vest, a mask and baseball cap obscuring his face. New York Times, "‘Our President Wants Us Here’: The Mob That Stormed the Capitol," 10 Jan. 2021 One image showed a trim man moving through the Senate chamber in full paramilitary regalia. Dan Barry, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Our president wants us here’: The mob that stormed the Capitol," 9 Jan. 2021 The pandemic has enabled them to stop producing cars that didn’t make money, rein in incentives, trim budgets for efficiency, and become more disciplined regarding supply and demand. Hannah Elliott, Bloomberg.com, "The Automakers That Have Won Big or Lost Ground Going Into 2021," 24 Dec. 2020 Available in five trim levels, the basic L model starts at $23,065. Nicholas Wallace, Car and Driver, "Every New Mid-Size Family Sedan Ranked for 2021," 16 Jan. 2021 Most of its members were older white men with trim white beards or ruddy faces, a Leatherman looped through a belt buried at varying depths of paunch. Jeff Winkler, The Atlantic, "The Art of Cooking While Everything Burns," 30 Dec. 2020 Allow the polyurethane to dry overnight, then fasten the coat rack to a wall with two trim-head screws or keyhole hangers. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Don't Toss That X-Mas Tree: Let's Make Something Instead," 26 Dec. 2020 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 As for the Mercedes GLS, its base version is priced similarly to the Escalade and Navigator, but the V8-powered trim levels are downright princely. Ryan Zummallen, Star Tribune, "Edmunds compares new Escalade, Navigator and Mercedes GLS," 24 Feb. 2021 Second-row captain's chairs are optional, and the top SX-Prestige trim level has a special setup with power-adjustable recliner-style captain's chairs with an ottoman and special headrests. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2022 Kia Carnival Revealed for U.S. with New Name and Logo," 23 Feb. 2021 The original Caribou style is instantly recognizable with its black and cream rubber soles, neutral suede lace-up shaft, and faux-fur trim. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "One Editor Gives New Life to Her Mother’s 30-Year-Old Snow Boots," 22 Feb. 2021 Everything from precious, vintage kimono fragments in Japan to vintage pom-pom trim from Roundtop in Texas. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Laura Stanley and Lizzie Bailey of New York and Bozeman, Montana-Based Story Street Studio Began Their Careers at Design Magazines," 19 Feb. 2021 Online bids for the black No. 4 sweater, with its classic white and gold trim, had reached nearly $100,000, as of Friday afternoon. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Jakub Zboril, Jeremy Lauzon make themselves at home on Bruins’ blue line," 6 Feb. 2021 The unassuming white leather high-top sneakers with green-and-yellow trim are a bestseller for a roughly half-dozen shoe vendors in a sprawling bazaar in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Thomas Gibbons-neff And Fahim Abed New York Times, Star Tribune, "Follow the white high-tops to the Taliban," 29 Jan. 2021 There are gutsy interior color combinations, too, like blue over tan, although this particular car was in a more traditional black with dark-brown wood trim. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Genesis GV80 2.5T Is a Powerful Four in a Fresh SUV Wrapper," 26 Jan. 2021 For the occasion, Wayne ditched his usual ragamuffin chic attire in favor of an understated gray turtleneck and dark, baggy sweater with red trim. Keith Spera, NOLA.com, "Maybe New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne's Donald Trump bromance isn't as strange as it seems," 21 Jan. 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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24 Feb 2021

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“Trim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trim. Accessed 28 Feb. 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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