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Meaning of RETRENCH

Pronunciation:  ri'trench

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make a reduction, as in one's workforce; "The company had to retrench"
  2. [v]  tighten one's belt; use resources carefully

RETRENCH is a 8 letter word that starts with R.


 See Also: bring down, conserve, cut, cut back, cut down, economise, economize, husband, reduce, trim, trim back, trim down



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*trench"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Retrenched}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Retrenching}.] [OF. retrenchier, F. retrancher;
    pref. re- re- + OF. trenchier, F. trancher, to cut. See
    1. To cut off; to pare away.
             Thy exuberant parts retrench.         --Denham.
    2. To lessen; to abridge; to curtail; as, to retrench
       superfluities or expenses.
             But this thy glory shall be soon retrenched.
    3. To confine; to limit; to restrict. --Addison.
             These figures, ought they then to receive a
             retrenched interpretation?            --I. Taylor.
    4. (Fort.) To furnish with a retrenchment; as, to retrench
    Syn: To lesen; diminish; curtail; abridge.
  2. \Re*trench"\, v. i.
    To cause or suffer retrenchment; specifically, to cut down
    living expenses; as, it is more reputable to retrench than to
    live embarrassed.