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re·trench 1

 (rĭ-trĕnch′)
v. re·trenched, re·trench·ing, re·trench·es
v.tr.
1. To reduce (expenses, for example); cut down.
2. Archaic To remove, delete, or omit.
v.intr.
To curtail expenses; economize.

[Middle French retrencher, to remove, suppress, from Old French retrenchier : re-, re- + trenchier, to cut; see trench.]

re·trench′er n.

re·trench 2

 (rĭ-trĕnch′)
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).]

re·trench′er n.

retrench

(rɪˈtrɛntʃ)
vb
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]
reˈtrenchable adj

re•trench

(rɪˈtrɛntʃ)

v.t.
1. to cut down, reduce, or diminish; curtail (expenses).
2. to cut off or remove.
v.i.
3. to economize; reduce expenses.
[1600–10; < French retrencher (variant, now obsolete, of retrancher), Middle French retrenchier=re- re- + trenchier to cut; see trench]

retrench


Past participle: retrenched
Gerund: retrenching

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
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Present Continuous
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Present Perfect
I have retrenched
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Past Continuous
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Past Perfect
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Future
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Future Perfect
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Future Continuous
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.retrench - tighten one's belt; use resources carefully
economize, husband, economise, conserve - use cautiously and frugally; "I try to economize my spare time"; "conserve your energy for the ascent to the summit"
2.retrench - make a reduction, as in one's workforce; "The company had to retrench"
cut down, reduce, trim back, trim down, cut, cut back, trim, bring down - cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"

retrench

verb
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.
2. cut back, cut, limit, reduce, trim, diminish, decrease, prune, lessen, curtail, pare It promised to retrench its London-based markets.
Translations

retrench

[rɪˈtrentʃ]
A. VTreducir, cercenar

retrench

vt expenditureeinschränken, kürzen; personneleinsparen; bookkürzen
visich einschränken

retrench

[rɪˈtrɛntʃ] vifare delle economie
References in classic literature ?
YOUR sense of honour and honesty would have led you, I know, when aware of your situation, to attempt all the economy that would appear to you possible: and, perhaps, as long as your frugality retrenched only on your own comfort, you might have been suffered to practice it, but beyond that-- and how little could the utmost of your single management do to stop the ruin which had begun before your marriage?
cried Mazarin, fearing that should his prisoner ever leave his prison he would be the more exasperated against him if he thus retrenched his amusement.
I told him that though my cargo of tobacco was damaged, yet that it was not quite lost; that the merchant I had been consigned to had so honestly managed for me that I had not wanted, and that I hoped, with frugal management, I should make it hold out till more would come, which I expected by the next fleet; that in the meantime I had retrenched my expenses, and whereas I kept a maid last season, now I lived without; and whereas I had a chamber and a dining-room then on the first floor, as he knew, I now had but one room, two pair of stairs, and the like.
Brief as my impromptu return had been, it had afforded me time to pick up a heart-ache; I remarked that Frances had already removed the red embers of her cheerful little fire from the grate: forced to calculate every item, to save in every detail, she had instantly on my departure retrenched a luxury too expensive to be enjoyed alone.
Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security says retrenched employees from both Tati Nickel and BCL enjoy the same benefits.
As the 40,000 civil servants are retrenched and their tens of thousands of dependents suffer, they and other Kenyans will be watching the MPs feast on their self-awarded windfall.
Addressing a rally of retrenched junior teachers brought out from Radio Pakistan to Hyderabad Press Club on Friday, Naeem Noorani, Sajjad Khan, Abdul Ghaffar Sherani, Shahzeb Junejo Mehtab Khan and others said that Sindh Government had approved the Bill from Provincial Assembly regarding the reinstatement of retrenched employees from the period February 3, 1997 to February 19, 2008.
However, at the heart of retrenched authoritarianism rests a long-term gamble," notes Alaoui, that "all else being equal, youth activists that comprise the vanguard of opposition movements can be permanently deactivated.
Monterona said: "The Philippines government should adopt short-term and long-term measures to assist the retrenched OFWs.
More adult Filipinos went jobless in the last three months as the number of those who either resigned or were retrenched rose, according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
He said where business might have retrenched in the past, many of the companies he talks to are approaching their lenders to support mergers and acquisitions.