branch Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “branch” in the English Dictionary

"branch" in British English

See all translations

branchnoun [C]

uk   /brɑːntʃ/  us   /bræntʃ/
  • branch noun [C] (PART)

B2 a ​part of something ​larger: Immunology is a branch ofbiologicalscience. One branch oftheirfamily (= 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 ​formpart of a ​largebusinessorganization: I used to ​work in the local branch of a ​largebank. She's a branch manager. Take the ​forms into ​yourlocal branch office.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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] (BLOOD VESSEL)

specialized medical a ​smallerbloodvessel or ​nerve that ​grows out of the ​mainpart

branchverb [I]

uk   /brɑːntʃ/  us   /bræntʃ/
(Definition of branch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"branch" in American English

See all translations

branchnoun [C]

 us   /bræntʃ/
  • branch noun [C] (TREE PART)

one of the ​parts of a ​tree that ​grows out from the ​maintrunk and has ​leaves, ​flowers, or ​fruit on it: After the ​storm, the ​ground was ​covered with ​twigs and branches. fig. This branch of the ​river (= ​lesserpart that ​joins the ​mainflow)eventually empties into the Atlantic Ocean.
  • branch noun [C] (PART)

a ​part of something ​larger: Pediatrics is a branch of ​medicine (= a ​subject that is ​part of a ​largersubject). A branch is one of the ​offices or ​groups that ​formpart of a ​largebusinessorganization: a ​local branch of the ​bank

branchverb [I]

 us   /bræntʃ/
  • branch verb [I] (SEPARATE)

to ​separate from a ​mainpart and go in a new ​direction: fig. We ​drove down a ​narrowtrack that branched off from the ​mainroad .
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of branch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"branch" in Business English

See all translations

branchnoun [C]

uk   us   /brɑːnʃ/
COMMERCE one of the ​localoffices of a large ​company, such as a ​bank, which is ​open to the ​public: to close/open a branch Many ​banks have ​promotedonlineservices and ​closed branches.a branch of sth You should be able to ​walk into a branch of the ​buildingsociety anywhere in the country to ​deposit or ​withdrawmoney. Contact your local branch to ​arrange an ​appointment with a ​consultant. She has been a ​customer of the same bank branch for decades. The ​companyoperates 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 ​authoritylets the ​executive branch ​drafttradedeals that ​Congress could ​reject but not ​change. This latest ​investigation is being ​held by the ​disciplinary branch of the ​accountancyprofession.
(Definition of branch from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of branch?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“branch” in Business English

Word of the Day

float

a large vehicle with a flat surface that is decorated and used in festivals

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More