how to pronounce retrench


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the above transcription of retrench is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

retrench is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of retrench in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… that way you decided to retrench in …”

meanings of retrench


  1. To terminate the employment of a worker to reduce the size of a workforce; to make redundant.
  2. To furnish with a retrenchment (a defensive work within a fortification).
  3. To dig or redig a trench where one already exists.
  4. To live less expensively; to economize.
  5. To take up a new defensive position.
  6. To confine; to limit; to restrict.
  7. To abridge; to curtail.
  8. (transitive) To cut down or reduce.

retrench frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word retrench occurs in english on average 0.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics retrench can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that retrench can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

3) people, society, and culture;

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