re·​trench·​ment | \ ri-ˈtrench-mənt How to pronounce retrenchment (audio) \

Definition of retrenchment

: reduction, curtailment specifically : a cutting of expenses

Examples of retrenchment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The move is a significant retrenchment from just three months ago, when the show’s organizers announced a fall extravaganza in the TCF Center and surrounding streets, parks and public areas throughout downtown Detroit. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit auto show leaving downtown for Pontiac as COVID-19 fears continue," 11 Jan. 2021 Brodsky’s generation came of age after Khrushchev’s mild liberalization had been answered with reactionary retrenchment. Christopher Beha, Harpers Magazine, "A Novel Approach," 5 Jan. 2021 Hayati, who previously reported for Malaysian daily Berita Harian and English newspaper New Straits Times, has lost work due to retrenchment and is struggling to maintain her livelihood as a freelancer. Wired Staff, Wired, "One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack," 1 Dec. 2020 This has led to layoffs, waning of capital investment and a broad industry retrenchment. Washington Post, "Ezra Klein leaves Vox, the website he founded, for New York Times, in a digital media A-list exodus," 20 Nov. 2020 In this terrible year especially, we might easily be tipped by fear toward retrenchment and restoring the status quo. Robert Kunzig, National Geographic, "Let’s not waste this crucial moment: We need to stop abusing the planet," 13 Oct. 2020 Faculty union officials said retrenchment letters, or furlough letters, were sent to 81 faculty members at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and 21 at Edinboro University. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Curbside voting, labor at the polls, mask billboards: News from around our 50 states," 2 Nov. 2020 The latest retrenchment tilts the lender toward better profitability at the expense of all-out growth and goes deeper than his predecessor Bernhard Hodler who reined in the firm’s wealth advisers after a decade of expansion. Patrick Winters,, "Julius Baer New Money Jumps as Cost Cuts Help Boost Margins," 19 Oct. 2020 This is the intellectual frame for Trumpism, a version of the rise-and-fall philosophy of the 1980s—of great-power competition and relative decline, strategic retrenchment and paranoia, about the next great threat. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Donald Trump’s Great Reveal," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of retrenchment

circa 1600, in the meaning defined above

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“Retrenchment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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