retrench

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verb re·trench \ri-ˈtrench\

Definition of retrench

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  cut down, reduceb :  to cut out :  excise

  3. 2 :  to pare away :  remove

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make retrenchments; specifically :  economize

Examples of retrench in a sentence

  1. 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: 1587

Synonym Discussion of 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

RETRENCH Defined for English Language Learners

retrench

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verb re·trench \ri-ˈtrench\

Definition of retrench for English Language Learners

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



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