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Definition of Retrench


  1. To cut off; to pare away.
  2. To lessen; to abridge; to curtail; as, to retrench superfluities or expenses.
  3. To confine; to limit; to restrict.
  4. To furnish with a retrenchment; as, to retrench bastions.
  5. To cause or suffer retrenchment; specifically, to cut down living expenses; as, it is more reputable to retrench than to live embarrassed.