Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “branch”

See all translations

branch

noun [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.
More examples

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 main part: This branch of the river eventually empties into the Atlantic.

branch noun [C] (BLOOD VESSEL)

specialized medical a smaller blood vessel or nerve that grows out of the main part

branch

verb [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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of branch?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “branch” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

justice

fairness in the way people are dealt with

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

flower beard noun

January 19, 2015
a beard adorned with flowers And some of said beard-rockers are even turning it up a notch, painting trend on top of trend with what’s come to be known as ‘the flower beard.’

Read More