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Definition of retrench verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

retrench

 verb
verb
NAmE//rɪˈtrɛntʃ//
 
[intransitive] (formal) (of a business, government, etc.)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they retrench
 
he / she / it retrenches
 
past simple retrenched
 
-ing form retrenching
 
 
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to spend less money; to reduce costs
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noun [uncountable, countable] a period of retrenchment
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