Simple Definition of retrench
: to change the way things are done in order to spend less money
Examples of retrench in a sentence
When the economy slowed, the company was forced to retrench.
Origin and Etymology of retrench
obsolete French retrencher (now retrancher), from Middle French retrenchier, from re- + trenchier to cut
First Known Use: 1596
Synonym Discussion of retrench
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