- To reduce the amount or number of something.
- To cut back on expenditure.
Late middle english (in the sense "cut back, reduce"): from old french retrencher, from re- "back" + trenchier "cut".
- The company was forced to retrench its workforce due to financial difficulties.
- The government decided to retrench its military presence in the region.
- The manager advised the staff to retrench their spending in order to save money.
- The school was forced to retrench its budget for extracurricular activities.
- The family retrenched their expenses in order to pay off their debts.