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"prune" in British English

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pruneverb [T]

uk   /pruːn/  us   /pruːn/
to ​cut off ​branches from a ​tree, ​bush, or ​plant, ​especially so that it will ​growbetter in the ​future: She ​spent the ​afternoon pruning ​roses.
to ​reduce something by ​removing things that are not ​necessary: Arco has ​reacted to the ​loss in ​revenue by pruning (back)itsexpansionplans. I ​felt his ​essayneeded a little pruning.

prunenoun [C]

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

"prune" in American English

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pruneverb [T]

 us   /prun/
  • prune verb [T] (CUT)

to ​cut off ​unwantedbranches from a ​tree, ​bush, or other ​plant: They ​advisegrowers not to prune ​fruittreesheavily.

prunenoun [C]

 us   /prun/
  • prune noun [C] (FRUIT)

a ​driedwholeplum (= ​fruit)
(Definition of prune from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"prune" in Business English

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pruneverb [T]

uk   us   /pruːn/
to ​reduce the ​number or ​amount of something: The ​plan for the next ​financialyear is to prune 25% off the ​budget.
(Definition of prune from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “prune”
in Korean 말린 자두…
in Arabic بَرقوق مُجفّف…
in Malaysian mencantas…
in French émonder, tailler…
in Russian подрезать (ветви)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 修剪(樹枝), 刪除,刪節…
in Italian prugna secca…
in Turkish budamak…
in Polish przycinać…
in Spanish podar…
in Vietnamese xén, tỉa…
in Portuguese ameixa seca…
in Thai ตัดแต่ง…
in German beschneiden…
in Catalan pruna de confitar…
in Japanese プルーン, 干しスモモ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 修剪(树枝), 删除,删节…
in Indonesian memangkas…
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