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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Conservatives in the orchestra and in the audience may be reassured, but this retrenchment is a troubling signal from a historically great orchestra that ought to be assuming a leadership role in global classical music. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Kirill Petrenko’s Unadventurous Début at the Berlin Philharmonic," 9 Sep. 2019 Furthermore, Fed officials must keep in mind the risk that the retrenchment in manufacturing will spill over into the broader economy. Alex Tanzi,, "Weak World Demand, Trade Take Biggest Toll Yet on U.S. Factories," 22 Aug. 2019 So schools need to find new ways to show accountability advocates that test retrenchment won’t weaken standards, and this presents an opportunity to develop more robust assessments and better education. Andrea Gabor, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Testing craze is fading in U.S. schools. Good. Here’s What’s Next.," 16 Aug. 2019 Securing the club’s long-term future meant short-term retrenchment. Jonathan Wilson,, "Arsenal's Pepe Signing an Admirable Risk, But Won't Fix Club's Structural Problems," 1 Aug. 2019 Two years later, as part of a governmentwide retrenchment, the agency's budget fell by 5%. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "For a decade, Francis Collins has shielded NIH—while making waves of his own," 15 Aug. 2019 For Verizon, the sale marks a further retrenchment. Scott Moritzbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Verizon is selling Tumblr to the owner of," 12 Aug. 2019 In the ’90s, center-left parties in the United States and Western Europe embraced lowered trade barriers, greater financial integration, welfare retrenchment, deregulation, and privatization. Didi Kuo, Vox, "Challenges to parties in the United States and beyond," 20 June 2019 But the increased scrutiny is also complicating efforts by American industries to team up with Chinese investors and leading to a retrenchment in certain sectors. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Chinese Money in the U.S. Dries Up as Trade War Drags On," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of retrenchment

circa 1600, in the meaning defined above

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