how to pronounce retrench


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“… 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.