Retrench

Definition of Retrench

Re`trench´
v. t.1.To cut off; to pare away.
[imp. & p. p. Retrenched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Retrenching.]
Thy exuberant parts retrench.
- Denham.
2.To lessen; to abridge; to curtail; as, to retrench superfluities or expenses.
3.To confine; to limit; to restrict.
4.(Fort.) To furnish with a retrenchment; as, to retrench bastions.
v. i.1.To cause or suffer retrenchment; specifically, to cut down living expenses; as, it is more reputable to retrench than to live embarrassed.

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