Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- To cut down or reduce.
- Thy exuberant parts retrench.
- To abridge; to curtail.
- But this thy glory shall be soon retrenched.
- To confine; to limit; to restrict.
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- I. Taylor
- These figures, ought they then to receive a retrenched interpretation?
- To furnish with a retrenchment (defensive work within a fortification).
- to retrench bastions
- 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.
- 2012, The Economist, Private Equity: Keep Calm and Carry On
- International firms could decide it is not cost-effective to keep open their other European offices and retrench to London.
- To dig or redig a trench where one already was.