[ UK /ɹɪtɹˈɛnt‍ʃ/ ]
[ US /ɹiˈtɹɛntʃ/ ]
  1. make a reduction, as in one's workforce
    The company had to retrench
  2. tighten one's belt; use resources carefully
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How To Use retrench In A Sentence

  • More companies are likely to retrench or quietly exit from venture programs if the recent stock market downturn persists, simply because too much money has been chasing too few good deals.
  • Companies invest when interest rates are low and capital is easy to raise, and then retrench savagely as rates rise.
  • Yet he recognized that he needed active assistants to break through the lines of bureaucratic retrenchment, and he often used plenipotentiaries to investigate, control, and bully on his behalf.
  • Defense planners predict an extended period of retrenchment.
  • Inflation has forced us to retrench.
  • When every other industry is seeing a slowdown, cost-cutting and retrenchment, the gaming "behemoths" - Sony Ericsson, Zapak. com and Microsoft Xbox 360 have joined hands.
  • The retrenchment of our railways has to stop.
  • The directors defended the retrenchment of two expatriate general managers.
  • The UK has lost a major bookstore chain in the last two years, and the remaining one has had to undergo retrenchment. Times, Sunday Times
  • If the United States were to experience a deflation in housing prices, consumers would be forced to retrench.
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