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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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we retrench
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Preterite
I retrenched
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Present Continuous
I am retrenching
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you are retrenching
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Present Perfect
I have retrenched
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Past Continuous
I was retrenching
you were retrenching
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Past Perfect
I had retrenched
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Future
I will retrench
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Future Perfect
I will have retrenched
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Future Continuous
I will be retrenching
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you will be retrenching
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been retrenching
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we have been retrenching
you have been retrenching
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been retrenching
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you will have been retrenching
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been retrenching
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we had been retrenching
you had been retrenching
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Conditional
I would retrench
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we would retrench
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Past Conditional
I would have retrenched
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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?-- Beyond THAT, had you endeavoured, however reasonably, to abridge HIS enjoyments, is it not to be feared, that instead of prevailing on feelings so selfish to consent to it, you would have lessened your own influence on his heart, and made him regret the connection which had involved him in such difficulties?"
"No, no!" 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.
But this thy glory shall be soon retrenched; No more shalt thou by oracling abuse The Gentiles; henceforth oracles are ceased, And thou no more with pomp and sacrifice Shalt be enquired at Delphos or elsewhere-- At least in vain, for they shall find thee mute.
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.
All employees of the branch will be retrenched after meeting all statutory compliances required in this regard," it said in a statement.
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This was said by Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Mr Eric Molale when responding to MP for Gaborone Central Dr Phenyo Butale who had wanted to know how much the liquidator had been paid to date and the amount owed to employees who were retrenched by the mine when it went under liquidation in 2015.
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Over 800 NFA employees to lose jobs !-- -- Louise Maureen Simeon (The Philippine Star) - May 24, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines At least 839 employees of the National Food Authority will be retrenched as the NFA continues to undergo restructuring amid the rice tariffication law.
THE pensioners from the United Bank Ltd's retrenched staff are still waiting for full pensions in spite of the order given by the former Supreme Court Chief Justice.