retrench

verb
re·​trench | \ ri-ˈtrench How to pronounce retrench (audio) \
retrenched; retrenching; retrenches

Definition of retrench

transitive verb

b : to cut out : excise
2 : to pare away : remove

intransitive verb

: to make retrenchments specifically : economize

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shorten, curtail, abbreviate, abridge, retrench mean to reduce in extent. shorten implies reduction in length or duration. shorten a speech curtail adds an implication of cutting that in some way deprives of completeness or adequacy. ceremonies curtailed because of rain abbreviate implies a making shorter usually by omitting some part. using an abbreviated title abridge implies a reduction in compass or scope with retention of essential elements and a relative completeness in the result. the abridged version of the novel retrench suggests a reduction in extent or costs of something felt to be excessive. declining business forced the company to retrench

Examples of retrench in a Sentence

When the economy slowed, the company was forced to retrench.
Recent Examples on the Web But McConnell himself endorsed a $1 trillion-or-so plan this summer, only to encounter resistance from conservatives that prompted him to retrench. Arkansas Online, "Pelosi optimistic, says momentum growing for covid-19 relief," 5 Dec. 2020 But the decision to retrench marks a setback for Cisco, which has been trying to boost sales of software services over hardware. Aaron Tilley, WSJ, "Cisco Systems Pulls Back From Smart City Push," 28 Dec. 2020 But McConnell himself endorsed a $1 trillion-or-so plan this summer, only to encounter resistance from conservatives that prompted him to retrench. Arkansas Online, "Pelosi optimistic, says momentum growing for covid-19 relief," 5 Dec. 2020 But McConnell himself endorsed a $1 trillion-or-so plan this summer, only to encounter resistance from conservatives that prompted him to retrench. Arkansas Online, "Pelosi optimistic, says momentum growing for covid-19 relief," 5 Dec. 2020 But McConnell himself endorsed a $1 trillion-or-so plan this summer, only to encounter resistance from conservatives that prompted him to retrench. Arkansas Online, "Pelosi optimistic, says momentum growing for covid-19 relief," 5 Dec. 2020 But McConnell himself endorsed a $1 trillion-or-so plan this summer, only to encounter resistance from conservatives that prompted him to retrench. Andrew Taylor, chicagotribune.com, "Second stimulus check updates: Nancy Pelosi gives optimistic update, says momentum growing for COVID-19 relief deal," 4 Dec. 2020 But McConnell himself endorsed a $1 trillion-or-so plan this summer, only to encounter resistance from conservatives that prompted him to retrench. Andrew Taylor, Anchorage Daily News, "Optimism for pandemic relief bill grows in Congress as pressure builds on leaders," 4 Dec. 2020 The spurt in infections across the globe means health officials will have little time to retrench and cope with what could be a taxing winter for health-care systems around the world. Tribune News Service, al, "COVID’s comeback is bigger but less deadly, at least for now," 11 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of retrench

1587, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for retrench

obsolete French retrencher (now retrancher), from Middle French retrenchier, from re- + trenchier to cut

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The first known use of retrench was in 1587

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23 Jan 2021

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“Retrench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retrench. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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retrench

verb
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English Language Learners Definition of retrench

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

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