- to cut down, reduce, or diminish; curtail (expenses).
- to cut off or remove.
- Military. to protect by a retrenchment.
- to economize; reduce expenses: They retrenched by eliminating half of the workers.
Origin of retrench
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Related Words for retrenchcurtail, conserve, trim, scrimp, economize, reduce, delete, confine, shorten, omit, lessen, diminish, decrease, remove, slash, abridge, limit, save, eliminate
Examples from the Web for retrench
Contemporary Examples of retrench
Their instinct is to hold their ground rather than retrench, advance rather than retreat, intimidate rather than negotiate.Generals Can't Be Trusted
October 31, 2009
Historical Examples of retrench
My distress was useless, my wishes to retrench our expenses ineffectual.Beaux and Belles of England
But there was only one way open to me at present—and that was to retrench my expenses.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
If he can retrench in pains without lessening his gains, be assured that he will do it.The Simple Life
But if you give him rope enough he will retrench you out of business.
They were in reduced circumstances: they had come down to Hadleigh to retrench.Not Like Other Girls
Rosa N. Carey
- to reduce or curtail (costs); economize
- (tr) to shorten, delete, or abridge
- (tr) to protect by a retrenchment
Word Origin for retrench
1590s, "dig a new trench as a second line of defense," 1590s, probably a back-formation from retrenchment in the military sense. Related: Retrenched; retrenching.