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Word: retrench

Definition: cut down; cut down expenses; economize


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::: inquisitor - questioner (especially harsh); investigator; person making an inquisition
::: provision - act of providing; something provided; preparatory measure; provisions: necessary supplies (esp. food); stipulation; condition in an agreement; Ex. According to the provisions of the agreement
::: discretion - prudence; ability to adjust actions to circumstances; freedom of action or judgment; ADJ. discreet; CF. discretionary
::: scoff - laugh (at); mock; ridicule; Ex. scoff at their threats
::: censure - blame; criticize; express strong disapproval; N: severe criticism; strong disapproval
::: rationalize - make rational; devise false reasons for (one's behavior); offer an excuse; give a plausible reason for an action in place of a true, less admirable ones; N. rationalization
::: criteria - standards used in judging; CF. criterion
::: circumscribe - limit; confine; draw a line around
::: pontifical - pertaining to a bishop or pope; pompous or pretentious; CF. pontiff: pope; bishop
::: bifurcated - divided into two branches; forked