Definition of retrenchment in US English:



  • 1The reduction of costs or spending in response to economic difficulty.

    ‘this period of retrenchment will see companies shed staff’
    count noun ‘closures and retrenchments have become the order of the day’
    • ‘The combination of adverse weather and declining sales led to retrenchment by many cooperatives.’
    • ‘The salient point here is that the retrenchment was plainly not forced by tight money or credit.’
    • ‘There is little in today's credit availability environment that would lead me to believe retrenchment is imminent.’
    • ‘Almost daily, we hear of further retrenchment and more job cuts in an effort to lower inventory levels.’
    • ‘Even in the midst of retrenchment, he recommends that companies forge ahead.’
    • ‘You talked about excesses and imbalances and the need for retrenchment.’
    • ‘Indeed, it appears a major period of retrenchment is already in progress.’
    • ‘Their production control struggles were a powerful response to economic retrenchment.’
    • ‘Retrenchment has, regrettably, been postponed one time too many.’
    • ‘The most recent annual figures show evidence of a retrenchment by the non-local developers.’
    1. 1.1Australian, South African The action of dismissing an employee from a job.
      ‘he ordered the retrenchment of 420 civil servants’
      • ‘These disputes of right involve matters relating to retrenchment, discrimination, and unlawful strikes.’
      • ‘While there have been numerous retrenchments over the past few years, the current workforce is the foundation upon which the future will be built.’
      • ‘Where it is not a question of outright retrenchment, natural attrition is allowed to follow its relentless course and vacant positions are simply not being filled.’
      • ‘He said that employees are to be repositioned within the company and hopefully there will be no retrenchments.’
      • ‘The directors defended the retrenchment of two expatriate general managers.’
      • ‘They say the manner in which the retrenchment was done is unfair and unconstitutional.’
      • ‘In case of retrenchment or disability due to accident, the premium is waived.’
      • ‘The stipend is equivalent to a dancer's monthly salary paid to board members to attend one-off meetings to discuss the dancers' possible retrenchment.’
      • ‘Municipality administrators who allow councillors to block the suspension of municipal services of defaulters can face legal action and retrenchment.’
      • ‘This unfortunate situation brought about the retrenchment of numerous employees and the closure of some lodges along the river.’
    2. 1.2formal Reduction in the extent or quantity of something.
      ‘the retrenchment of the welfare state’
      • ‘He oversaw the retrenchment of the national army during an unstable period.’
      • ‘They argue that this will most likely lead to a retrenchment of orthodoxy.’
      • ‘I think you're going to see a retrenchment of US embassies in Africa.’
      • ‘He dismisses what in his own view is the most fundamental retrenchment of government power in our time—the abolition of the draft in 1973.’
      • ‘The retrenchment of social programmes has been accomplished by the politics of stealth and the politics of strength.’
      • ‘A particularly salient feature is a territorial retrenchment of the north.’
      • ‘The retrenchment of gas imports has assailed the country's northern mining district.’
      • ‘Financial difficulties tell only part of the story of the retrenchment of the Guggenheim empire.’
      • ‘The retrenchment of our railways has to stop.’
      • ‘When our flight was in its fourth month, we heard rumours about retrenchment of the programme.’