Re*trench" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Retrenched (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Retrenching.] [OF. retrenchier, F. retrancher; pref. re- re- + OF. trenchier, F. trancher, to cut. See Trench.]


To cut off; to pare away.

Thy exuberant parts retrench. Denham.


To lessen; to abridge; to curtail; as, to retrench superfluities or expenses.

But this thy glory shall be soon retrenched. Milton.


To confine; to limit; to restrict.


These figures, ought they then to receive a retrenched interpretation? I. Taylor.

4. Fort.

To furnish with a retrenchment; as, to retrench bastions.

Syn. -- To lesen; diminish; curtail; abridge.


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Re*trench", v. i.

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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