Meaning of “tree” in the English Dictionary

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"tree" in British English

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treenoun [ C ]

uk /triː/ us /triː/

A1 a tall plant that has a wooden trunk and branches that grow from its upper part:

an oak/elm/maple tree
We sat under a tree for shade.

another type of tall plant, without a wooden trunk:

palm trees

More examples

  • A fallen tree is blocking the road.
  • The birds built their nest in the small fir tree.
  • The air was so still that not even the leaves on the trees were moving.
  • These trees will have to be cut down to make way for the new road.
  • A young boy climbed into the apple tree and shook the branches so that the fruit fell down.

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

"tree" in American English

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treenoun [ C ]

us /tri/

a tall plant that has a wooden trunk and branches growing from its upper part:

a pine tree

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