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

Definition of retrenchment

: reduction, curtailment specifically : a cutting of expenses

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Virgin America's sale, which occurred despite a protest by Branson, a minority shareholder, marked the beginning of the British billionaire's retrenchment from airlines. Justin Bachman, Anchorage Daily News, "Virgin America vanishes into Alaska Airlines - along with Branson’s US dream," 4 June 2019 By then, Cedars-Sinai was past its 1990s retrenchment and in expansion mode. Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "A Sisterhood of Nurses," 11 Aug. 2018 The moves are part of a broader retrenchment in the digital media marketplace as legacy companies and once-hot upstarts alike fail to loosen the grip of Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google on both users and marketers. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Verizon Takes $4.5 Billion Charge Related to Digital Media Business," 12 Dec. 2018 The hope is to bypass the Trump administration’s retrenchment on climate change action. Umair Irfan, Vox, "World leaders are working out a climate deal in Poland — despite Trump," 14 Dec. 2018 In other words: Beware, lest retrenchment on worker safety in Bangladesh inspire the people who buy clothes to pressure brands to stop doing business in the country. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Until Western Brands Take a Stand, the Lives of Bangladeshi Garment Workers Are at Risk," 4 Dec. 2018 But if this election was simply a retrenchment, with electoral outcomes coming into line with demographic realities, that means Trumpism didn’t really expand the map the way that Republicans wanted it to. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trumpism doesn’t win majorities. And Trump doesn’t care.," 7 Nov. 2018 Here’s the big issue: Whether intended or not, the cancellation of military exercises and mention of U.S. military retrenchment can signal a decline in U.S. commitment to the defense of Korea — and Asia. Washington Post, "The Pentagon has now officially canceled military exercises with South Korea. Here’s what comes next.," 21 June 2018 Additionally, Russia is building up its nuclear arsenal and cyberwarfare prowess in what American military officials call an attempt to prove its relevance after years of economic decline and retrenchment. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "In Eastern Europe, U.S. Military Girds Against Russian Might and Manipulation," 27 June 2018

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circa 1600, in the meaning defined above

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