retrenches

retrench

[ri-trench]
verb (used with object)
1.
to cut down, reduce, or diminish; curtail (expenses).
2.
to cut off or remove.
3.
Military. to protect by a retrenchment.
verb (used without object)
4.
to economize; reduce expenses: They retrenched by eliminating half of the workers.

Origin:
1600–10; < French retrencher (obsolete variant of retrancher), Middle French retrenchier, equivalent to re- re- + trenchier to trench

retrenchable, adjective
retrencher, noun
unretrenchable, adjective
unretrenched, adjective


1. decrease, abridge, cut.
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retrench (rɪˈtrɛntʃ)
 
vb
1.  to reduce or curtail (costs); economize
2.  (tr) to shorten, delete, or abridge
3.  (tr) to protect by a retrenchment
 
[C17: from Old French retrenchier, from re- + trenchier to cut, from Latin truncāre to lop; see trench]
 
re'trenchable
 
adj

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retrench
1598, "dig a new trench as a second line of defense," from Fr. retrencher "to cut off," from re- "back" + O.Fr. trenchier "to cut." Sense of "cut down, reduce (expenses, etc.)" is from 1625.
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