from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cut down; reduce.
- transitive v. To remove, delete, or omit.
- intransitive v. To curtail expenses; economize.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cut down or reduce something
- v. To dig or redig a trench where one already was.
- v. To take up a new defensive position (from military term retrenchment)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cut off; to pare away.
- transitive v. To lessen; to abridge; to curtail.
- transitive v. To confine; to limit; to restrict.
- transitive v. To furnish with a retrenchment.
- intransitive v. To cause or suffer retrenchment; specifically, to cut down living expenses.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cut off; pare away; prune.
- To deprive by cutting off; mutilate.
- To cut down; reduce in size, number, extent, or amount; curtail; diminish; lessen.
- To cut short; abridge.
- To limit; restrict.
- Milit.: To furnish with a retrenchment or retrenchments.
- To intrench.
- To make a reduction in quantity, amount, or extent; especially, to curtail expenses; economize.
- To trench; encroach; make inroads.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a reduction, as in one's workforce
- v. tighten one's belt; use resources carefully
Obsolete French retrencher, from Old French retrenchier : re-, re- + trenchier, to cut; see trench.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)