WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
branch /bræntʃ/USA pronunciation n. 
    [countable]
  1. Botanyan armlike division of the stem of a tree or shrub:The branches of oak trees form a V-shape.
  2. a limb, section, or division of a main system:the branches of a deer's antlers; the branches of the armed forces.
  3. a local division of a business, library, or other organization :The bank has several branches in your neighborhood.

v. [no object]
  • to put forth branches; spread in branches:These trees branch at heights of fifteen feet.
  • [+ off] to divide into separate parts;
    diverge: The road branches off to the left.
  • branch out, [no object] to expand or extend in new directions:[The company branched out into electronics and computers.]


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    branch /brɑːntʃ/ n
    1. a secondary woody stem arising from the trunk or bough of a tree or the main stem of a shrub
    2. an offshoot or secondary part: a branch of a deer's antlers
    3. a subdivision or subsidiary section of something larger or more complex: branches of learning, branch of the family
    4. (as modifier): a branch office
    5. US any small stream
    vb
    1. (intransitive) (of a tree or other plant) to produce or possess branches
    2. (intransitive) usually followed by from: (of stems, roots, etc) to grow and diverge (from another part)
    3. to divide or be divided into subsidiaries or offshoots
    4. (intransitive) often followed by off: to diverge from the main way, road, topic, etc
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French branche, from Late Latin branca paw, foot

    ˈbranchˌlike adj



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