retrench

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Old French retranchier, French retrancher; see French trancher (to cut), and English trench.

Verb[edit]

retrench (third-person singular simple present retrenches, present participle retrenching, simple past and past participle retrenched)

  1. To cut down or reduce.
    • Denham
      Thy exuberant parts retrench.
  2. To abridge; to curtail.
    • Milton
      But this thy glory shall be soon retrenched.
  3. To confine; to limit; to restrict.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Addison to this entry?)
    • I. Taylor
      These figures, ought they then to receive a retrenched interpretation?
  4. To furnish with a retrenchment (defensive work within a fortification).
    to retrench bastions
  5. To take up a new defensive position.
    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.

Etymology 2[edit]

re- +‎ trench

Verb[edit]

retrench (third-person singular simple present retrenches, present participle retrenching, simple past and past participle retrenched)

  1. To dig or redig a trench where one already was.

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