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 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.

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  • The bank has three branches in Norwich, and over three hundred countrywide.
  • Police officers from the organized crime branch have raided solicitors' offices in central London.
  • The customer has only to bring the goods in to any branch and an immediate, no-questions-asked refund or replacement will be provided.
  • To contact our Australian branch, email us at info@cambridge.edu.au.
  • The company has announced the closure of several of its rural branches.

branchverb [ I ]

uk /brɑːntʃ/ us /bræntʃ/

(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 main trunk 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 (= lesser part that joins the main flow) 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 larger subject).

A branch is one of the offices or groups that form part of a large business organization:

a local branch of the bank

branchverb [ I ]

us /bræntʃ/

branch verb [ I ] (SEPARATE)

to separate from a main part and go in a new direction:

fig. We drove down a narrow track that branched off from the main road .

Phrasal verb(s)

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

"branch" in Business English

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branchnoun [ C ]

uk /brɑːnʃ/ us

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.

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.

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