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 Dictionary entry overview: What does retrench mean? 

  The verb RETRENCH has 2 senses:

1. tighten one's belt; use resources carefully
2. make a reduction, as in one's workforce

  Familiarity information: RETRENCH used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1retrench [BACK TO TOP]


Tighten one's belt; use resources carefully

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Hypernyms (to "retrench" is one way to...):

conserve; economise; economize; husband (use cautiously and frugally)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sense 2retrench [BACK TO TOP]


Make a reduction, as in one's workforce

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The company had to retrench

Hypernyms (to "retrench" is one way to...):

bring down; cut; cut back; cut down; reduce; trim; trim back; trim down (cut down on; make a reduction in)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

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