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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
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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 ?
She considered it as an act of indispensable duty to clear away the claims of creditors with all the expedition which the most comprehensive retrenchments could secure, and saw no dignity in anything short of it.
She consulted, and in a degree was influenced by her in marking out the scheme of retrenchment which was at last submitted to Sir Walter.
In front of the table benches arranged in zigzag form, like the circumvallations of a retrenchment, formed a succession of bastions and curtains set apart for the use of the members of the club; and on this especial evening one might say, "All the world was on the ramparts.
When you have paid us our price, there will be need of retrenchment.
She was grieved beyond measure to part with Briggs, but her means required that she should practise every retrenchment, and her sorrow was mitigated by the idea that her dear Briggs would be far better provided for by her generous patron than in her humble home.
It was taken for granted that Poiret would not be replaced, and that would be a retrenchment.
It added that the deal raises public interest concerns in that there are retrenchments that will occur as a result of this merger.
A safer provisional conclusion is that while the Coalition's most effective retrenchment measures (uprating decisions and targeting the better off) have been mildly regressive taken on their own, it has also undertaken a lot of smaller-scale retrenchments--such as the so-called 'bedroom tax', abolition of the social fund and cuts to Council Tax Benefit--which have impacted more heavily on some groups, including single parents, and disabled people.
According to Bloomberg, South Africa's Solidarity labour union is to apply to the nation's labour court to prevent retrenchments at Absa Group Ltd, a bank controlled by Barclays Plc (LSE: BARC).
Also, as a result of deinstitutionalization, retrenchments in social service budgets and professional antipathy towards the use of residential care, residential services are no longer widely used.
But in our post-9/11 political epoch of retrenchments and reterritorializations, of Sunni Triangles and Guantanameros, the country of Mexico, largely betrayed by big Clinton/Salinas-era promises, has been at best politely ignored by the US government and at worst accused of tacit subversion.