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branch

noun [C] uk   /brɑːntʃ/ us    /bræntʃ/

branch noun [C] (PART)

B2 a part of something larger: Immunology is a branch of biological science. One branch of their family (= one group of relatives) emigrated to Brazil. In the US, the president is part of the executive branch of the government. B1 one of the offices or groups that form part of a large business organization: I used to work in the local branch of a large bank. She's a branch manager. Take the forms into your local branch office.

branch noun [C] (TREE PART)

B1 one of the parts of a tree that grows out from the main trunk and has leaves, flowers, or fruit on it: bare/leafy/flowering branches The fruit on the lower branches was protected from the sun. Watch out for overhanging branches.

branch noun [C] (RIVER/ROAD)

a part of a river or road that leaves the main part: This branch of the river eventually empties into the Atlantic.

branch noun [C] (BLOOD VESSEL)

specialized medical a smaller blood vessel or nerve that grows out of the main part

branch

verb [I] uk   /brɑːntʃ/ us    /bræntʃ/

branch verb [I] (TREE)

to produce branches: The top of the tree had been cut off to encourage it to branch (out) lower down.

branch verb [I] (SPLIT)

to divide into two: The road branches at the bottom of the hill.
(Definition of branch from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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