• WordNet 3.6
    • v retrench make a reduction, as in one's workforce "The company had to retrench"
    • v retrench tighten one's belt; use resources carefully
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Retrench To cause or suffer retrenchment; specifically, to cut down living expenses; as, it is more reputable to retrench than to live embarrassed.
    • Retrench To confine; to limit; to restrict. "These figures, ought they then to receive a retrenched interpretation?"
    • Retrench To cut off; to pare away. "Thy exuberant parts retrench ."
    • Retrench (Fort) To furnish with a retrenchment; as, to retrench bastions.
    • Retrench To lessen; to abridge; to curtail; as, to retrench superfluities or expenses. "But this thy glory shall be soon retrenched ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • retrench To cut off; pare away; prune.
    • retrench To deprive by cutting off; mutilate.
    • retrench To cut down; reduce in size, number, extent, or amount; curtail; diminish; lessen.
    • retrench To cut short; abridge.
    • retrench To limit; restrict.
    • retrench Milit.: To furnish with a retrenchment or retrenchments.
    • retrench To intrench.
    • retrench To make a reduction in quantity, amount, or extent; especially, to curtail expenses; economize.
    • retrench To trench; encroach; make inroads.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Retrench rē-trensh′ to cut off or away: to render less: to curtail
    • v.i Retrench to live at less expense: to economise
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. retrenchier, F. retrancher,; pref. re-, re- + OF. trenchier, F. trancher, to cut. See Trench


In literature:

Always regulating, prescribing, adding, retrenching, we do everything with scales in hand.
"Émile" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
But it is all theory; for when I came to the practical part I could retrench nothing.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Along with prudent retrenchments went increasingly aggressive expansion, both east and west.
"The Railway Builders" by Oscar D. Skelton
Of course he had to retrench in every way he could.
"The Rushton Boys at Treasure Cove" by Spencer Davenport
I know I cannot live as I have done, but I must retrench where I can, and learn to be a better manager.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Second, retrench all eating not necessary to health and comfort.
"Household Papers and Stories" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Much of the machinery of a trial might be dispensed with or retrenched.
"Nuts and Nutcrackers" by Charles James Lever
Retrenchments, to be efficient, must be applied to great objects.
"Coelebs In Search of a Wife" by Hannah More
It must be retrenched, and from this very day, from this very hour.
"The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
She was always advocating retrenchment in the household.
"An Englishman in Paris" by Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
It will take some retrenchment to make up for all this.
"The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly" by Charles James Lever
Initiatives in foreign affairs that had been taken in 1965 and 1966 foundered in the retrenchment into party orthodoxy.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Probably a further cause is to be found in the widespread demand for economy and retrenchment.
"British Committees, Commissions, and Councils of Trade and Plantations, 1622-1675" by Charles M. Andrews
The bastion itself was carefully and minutely retrenched.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
Retrenchment was necessary, and that is never a pleasant thing.
"The Pace That Kills" by Edgar Saltus
There was no hesitancy, no possibility of retrenchment.
"Phases of an Inferior Planet" by Ellen Glasgow
I say happiness, because remembrance retrenches all the dark shades of the picture.
"The Love Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft to Gilbert Imlay" by Mary Wollstonecraft
The rich were taxed up to the eyes, but the rich had obvious means of retrenchment.
"The Secret of the League" by Ernest Bramah
Retrenchment was wanted, or rather, a refraining from expenditure.
"Digby Heathcote" by W.H.G. Kingston
Wyverne was especially great on the point of retrenchment, as far as his own personal expenses were concerned.
"Barren Honour: A Novel" by George A. Lawrence

In poetry:

No partial pay could justice still,
No farthing was retrench'd:
Vengeance exacted all, until
Thy Husband all advanc'd.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
"Retrenchment rules in Elfland, now;
Yes, every luxury is cut off.
— Which, by the way, reminds me how
I caught this dreadful hacking cough:
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier
Pay — and I promise by the Dust of Spring,
Retrenchment. If my promises can bring
Comfort, Ye have Them now a thousandfold —
By Allah! I will promise Anything!
"The Rupaiyat of Omar Kal'vin" by Rudyard Kipling
Indeed, indeed, Retrenchment oft before
I swore — but did I mean it when I swore?
And then, and then, We wandered to the Hills,
And so the Little Less became Much More.
"The Rupaiyat of Omar Kal'vin" by Rudyard Kipling
Cleft like the fated house in twain,
One half is, Arm! and one, Retrench!
Gambetta's word on dull MacMahon:
'The cow that sees a passing train':
So spies she Russian, German, French.
"To Colonel Charles (Dying General C.B.B.)" by George Meredith

In news:

However, your assertion that "few people dispute the need for retrenchment" is questionable.
US, Russia try to reset and retrench relations, but Magnitsky bill threatens process.
Net Mortgage Lending Falls as Consumers Retrench : Economy.
Firings Stay Elevated and Factories Retrench : Economy.
Factories Retrench Amid Downturn Worries.
R&D may be casualty as Rx makers retrench .
To Branch Out While Others Retrench .
Window Treatment Suppliers Retrench .
Wall Street gets back to work, retrench ahead of corporate reports.
Open Source Popularity Forces Borland to Retrench .
Slowness at Coach Hints at Retrenchment by 'Henrys'.
IT Management / IT Retrenchment : Performing IT Project Triage.
Media retrenchment shouldn't start at home.
Slowness at Coach Hints at Retrenchment by 'Henrys'.
IT Management / IT Retrenchment: Performing IT Project Triage .

In science:

Thus, the microsegregation does not occur in the regime of the second-order transition of the pure model and the effect of quenched disorder is the expected slight (the average bond strength is maintained) retrenchment of ferromagnetic order.
Strong Violation of Critical Phenomena Universality: Wang-Landau Study of the 2d Blume-Capel Model under Bond Randomness