retrench re‧trench [rɪˈtrentʆ] verb [intransitive] formal FINANCE ECONOMICS
if a company, industry, or government retrenches, it spends less money:

• Defense companies are retrenching and have scaled back orders.

— retrenchment noun [countable, uncountable] :

• No sooner had he taken office when he announced a savage program of retrenchment and deflation.

• a drastic retrenchment plan

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retrenchment UK US /rɪˈtrentʃmənt/ noun [C or U]
MANAGEMENT, FINANCE the act of spending less or reducing costs: »

The closures will be the first substantial retrenchment at the store for 10 years.


The big retrenchment in aerospace manufacturing in the early 1990s eventually infected the entire state economy.


Businesses are going for growth, after the retrenchment of recent years.

Australian English HR, WORKPLACE the act of removing a worker from a job as a way of saving the cost of employing them: »

Some firms are using retrenchments as a cost reduction measure.


This resulted in the retrenchment of 40,000 public servants.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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