verb re·trench \ri-ˈtrench\

: to change the way things are done in order to spend less money

Full Definition of RETRENCH

transitive verb
a :  cut down, reduce
b :  to cut out :  excise
:  to pare away :  remove
intransitive verb
:  to make retrenchments; specifically :  economize

Examples of RETRENCH

  1. When the economy slowed, the company was forced to retrench.

Origin of RETRENCH

obsolete French retrencher (now retrancher), from Middle French retrenchier, from re- + trenchier to cut
First Known Use: 1596


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