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Meaning of retrench

re•trench

Pronunciation: (ri-trench'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to cut down, reduce, or diminish; curtail (expenses).
  2. to cut off or remove.
  3. to protect by a retrenchment.
—v.i.
  1. to economize; reduce expenses: They retrenched by eliminating half of the workers.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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