Meaning of “branch out” in the English Dictionary

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"branch out" in British English

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branch out

phrasal verb with branch uk /brɑːntʃ/ us /bræntʃ/ verb [ I ]

to start to do something different from what you usually do, especially in your job:

This designer has recently branched out into children's wear.
After a couple of years working for other people, she branched out on her own (= started her own business).

(Definition of “branch out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"branch out" in American English

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branch out

phrasal verb with branch us /bræntʃ/ verb [ I ]

to do something that is related to what you have done in the past but that takes you in a new direction:

The clothing manufacturer recently branched out into children’s wear.

(Definition of “branch out” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"branch out" in Business English

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branch out

phrasal verb with branch uk /brɑːnʃ/ us verb

to start a business activity or a job that is different from your usual activity or job:

As well as looking after their film production company, the couple have branched out and launched their own furniture business.
branch out into sth It was the first ad company to branch out into marketing services in a big way.

(Definition of “branch out” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)