retrench

verb
re·trench | \ri-ˈtrench \
retrenched; retrenching; retrenches

Definition of retrench 

transitive verb

1a : cut down, reduce

b : to cut out : excise

2 : to pare away : remove

intransitive verb

: to make retrenchments specifically : economize

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Choose the Right Synonym for retrench

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

The company had to retrench after the city ordered all scooters off the road. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Bird CEO Explains Why His Scooter Startup Needed $300 Million," 28 June 2018 The French and German leaders have retrenched their positions even as the number of asylum applications to the European Union has plummeted. James Mcauley And Luisa Beck, Washington Post, "Merkel and Macron defend a diminished vision of European values," 7 July 2018 But rather than responding with fresh investment, Western oil companies have retrenched, a move many now say threatens a longer-term supply crunch. Sarah Kent, WSJ, "As OPEC Meets to Lift Output, Big Oil Companies Are Holding Back," 21 June 2018 Worries about anti-euro sentiment in Italy in late May had sparked a broad sell-off in Italian bonds; Japanese investors retrenched from foreign debt around the same time. Kosaku Narioka, WSJ, "Japanese Investors Are Back to Their Foreign Bond Buying Ways," 22 June 2018 Public and political outrage over such price hikes, which are par for the course in the industry, may on occasion nudge firms to retrench for fear of a PR headache. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "3 Key Lessons From Trump's Drug Price Feud With Pfizer," 11 July 2018 Citing tariffs tied to escalating tension between Trump and the European Union, the motorcycle maker will further retrench its U.S. operations. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Harley-Davidson says it is moving some production out of U.S. to avoid EU tariffs," 25 June 2018 After peppering the nation with thousands of locations, closely held Subway is retrenching. Leslie Patton, chicagotribune.com, "Subway plans 500 U.S. store closings amid global growth," 26 Apr. 2018 After peppering the nation with thousands of locations, closely held Subway is retrenching. Leslie Patton, chicagotribune.com, "Subway plans 500 U.S. store closings amid global growth," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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retrench

verb

English Language Learners Definition of retrench

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

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