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branch

noun [C]
 
 
/brɑːnʃ/
COMMERCE one of the local offices of a large company, such as a bank, which is open to the public: to close/open a branch Many banks have promoted online services and closed branches.a branch of sth You should be able to walk into a branch of the building society anywhere in the country to deposit or withdraw money. Contact your local branch to arrange an appointment with a consultant. She has been a customer of the same bank branch for decades. The company operates in 18 states and has 45 branch offices. a domestic/foreign/overseas branch
GOVERNMENT a division of a government or large organization with a particular responsibility: the executive/legislative/judicial branch The authority lets the executive branch draft trade deals that Congress could reject but not change. This latest investigation is being held by the disciplinary branch of the accountancy profession.
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