retrench

  • 1 Retrench — 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 {Trench}.] 1. To cut off; to pare away. [1913 Webster] Thy exuberant parts… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 retrench — re‧trench [rɪˈtrentʆ] verb [intransitive] formal FINANCE ECONOMICS if a company, industry, or government retrenches, it spends less money: • Defense companies are retrenching and have scaled back orders. retrenchment …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 Retrench — 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. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 retrench — I verb abridge, be economical, be frugal, circumcidere, clip, confine, contrahere, curtail, cut, cut down, cut short, decrease, deduct, delete, diminish, economize, lessen, limit, lop, pare, pinch, practice economy, prune, reduce, reduce expenses …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 retrench — 1590s, dig a new trench as a second line of defense, from Fr. retrencher to cut off, from re back (see RE (Cf. re )) + O.Fr. trenchier to cut. Sense of cut down, reduce (expenses, etc.) is from 1620s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 retrench — curtail, abridge, *shorten, abbreviate Analogous words: *decrease, lessen, reduce, diminish …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 retrench — ► VERB 1) reduce costs or spending in response to economic difficulty. 2) chiefly Austral. make (an employee) redundant in order to reduce costs. 3) formal reduce or diminish. DERIVATIVES retrenchment noun. ORIGIN French retrancher cut out …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 retrench — [rē trench′] vt. [MFr retrencher: see RE & TRENCH] 1. to cut down or reduce (esp. expenses); curtail 2. to cut off or out; omit or delete vi. to reduce expenses; economize …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 retrench — UK [rɪˈtrentʃ] / US verb Word forms retrench : present tense I/you/we/they retrench he/she/it retrenches present participle retrenching past tense retrenched past participle retrenched 1) [intransitive] to reduce costs or the amount that you… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 retrench — [16] Retrench originally meant literally ‘dig a new trench as a second line of defence’. It was borrowed from early modern French retrencher, a descendant of Old French retrenchier. This was a compound verb formed from the prefix re ‘again’ and… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 11 retrench — [16] Retrench originally meant literally ‘dig a new trench as a second line of defence’. It was borrowed from early modern French retrencher, a descendant of Old French retrenchier. This was a compound verb formed from the prefix re ‘again’ and… …

    Word origins

  • 12 retrench — verb a) To cut down or reduce something We must retrench and try to hold on long enough for products in development to reach the market or we will be out of business. b) To dig or redig a trench where one already was …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 retrench — re|trench [ rı trentʃ ] verb 1. ) intransitive to reduce costs or the amount that you spend, in order to save money: Competition from cheaper imports is forcing manufacturers to retrench. 2. ) transitive AUSTRALIAN to stop employing someone… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 retrench — [[t]rɪtre̱ntʃ[/t]] retrenches, retrenching, retrenched VERB If a person or organization retrenches, they spend less money. [FORMAL] Shortly afterwards, cuts in defence spending forced the aerospace industry to retrench. Syn: cut back, economize …

    English dictionary

  • 15 retrench — verb 1) we have to retrench Syn: economize, cut back, make cutbacks, make savings, make economies, reduce expenditure, be economical, be frugal, tighten one s belt 2) services have to be retrenched Syn: reduce, cut …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 retrench — verb Etymology: obsolete French retrencher (now retrancher), from Middle French retrenchier, from re + trenchier to cut Date: 1596 transitive verb 1. a. cut down, reduce b. to cut out ; excise …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 retrench — retrenchable, adj. retrencher, n. /ri trench /, v.t. 1. to cut down, reduce, or diminish; curtail (expenses). 2. to cut off or remove. 3. Mil. to protect by a retrenchment. v.i. 4. to economize; reduce expenses: They retrenched by eliminating… …

    Universalium

  • 18 retrench — Synonyms and related words: abate, abbreviate, abrade, abridge, abstract, arrest, bate, bob, boil down, bridle, capsulize, check, clip, compress, condense, constrain, contain, contract, control, cool, cool off, crop, curb, curtail, curtail… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 retrench — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. cut [down], reduce, decrease, curtail; economize; cut back. See economy, deduction. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. save, conserve, scrimp, curtail; see economize …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 retrench — re|trench [rıˈtrentʃ] v [i]formal [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Early French retrencher, from Old French trenchier to cut ] if a government or organization retrenches, it spends less money = ↑economize >retrenchment n [U and C] ▪ a government… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English