branch Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “branch” in the English Dictionary

"branch" in British English

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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.
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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 ​mainpart: This branch of the ​rivereventuallyempties into the Atlantic.

branch noun [C] (BLOOD VESSEL)

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

branchverb [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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"branch" in American English

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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 .
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(Definition of branch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"branch" in Business English

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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)
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