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v. re·trenched, re·trench·ing, re·trench·es
1. To reduce (expenses, for example); cut down.
2. Archaic To remove, delete, or omit.
To curtail expenses; economize.
[Middle French retrencher, to remove, suppress, from Old French retrenchier : re-, re- + trenchier, to cut; see trench.]
intr.v. re·trenched, re·trench·ing, re·trench·es
To reorganize in such a way as to consolidate one's strength in preparation for future efforts: "The ranching industry had retrenched and was well on its way to becoming the powerful lobby that it is today" (Deanne Stillman).
[re- + trench, on the model of Middle French se retrancher, to retire or take a secure position behind entrenchments, reflexive of retrancher, to fortify (a position) with trenches : re-, re- + tranchée, trench (from Old French trenchiee, tranchee, from feminine of trenchie, past participle of trenchier, to cut; see trench).]
1. (Banking & Finance) to reduce or curtail (costs); economize
2. (tr) to shorten, delete, or abridge
3. (Fortifications) (tr) to protect by a retrenchment
[C17: from Old French retrenchier, from re- + trenchier to cut, from Latin truncāre to lop; see trench]
1. to cut down, reduce, or diminish; curtail (expenses).
2. to cut off or remove.v.i.
3. to economize; reduce expenses.
Past participle: retrenched
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|Verb||1.||retrench - tighten one's belt; use resources carefully|
|2.||retrench - make a reduction, as in one's workforce; "The company had to retrench"|
1. economize, save, cut back, make savings, scrimp and save, be frugal, make economies, make cutbacks, tighten your belt, husband Cuts in spending forced them to retrench.