branch1 [ bræntʃ ] noun count ***
▸ 1 part of tree
▸ 2 part of organization
▸ 3 part of area of study
▸ 4 part of family
▸ 5 part of river
1. ) a part of a tree that grows out of its TRUNK (=main stem) with leaves, flowers, or fruit growing on it. A very small branch is called a twig:
The wind rustled the bare branches of the trees.
2. ) a store or office representing a large company or organization in a particular area:
The store has branches in over 50 cities.
a branch manager
a ) the members of an organization, club, or political party in a particular area:
the president of the local branch of the Teamsters
the branch secretary/treasurer
b ) a department that performs a particular job or has a particular responsibility:
the anti-terrorism branch of the FBI
c ) a part of the government with a particular responsibility. The three branches of government are the legislative branch (=the legislature that makes laws), the executive branch (=the president who governs according to those laws), and the judicial branch (=the judges and courts who make certain that the laws are used correctly).
3. ) a part of a particular area of study or knowledge:
branch of: Mechanics is a branch of physics.
the branch of medicine that treats ailments of the stomach
4. ) a section of a family who are all related to one person who lived in the past:
branch of: One branch of Jane's family lives in San Francisco.
5. ) a part of a river that leads away from the main part: TRIBUTARY:
branch of: the larger branches of the Mekong River
branch 2 [ bræntʃ ] verb intransitive *
to divide into two or more parts:
yellow flowers on branching stems
branch into: The road branched into four paths.
,branch `off phrasal verb intransitive or transitive
to leave the main part of something:
Lanes branch off the main road, leading to the coast.
A small group of soldiers branched off into the jungle.
,branch `out phrasal verb intransitive
to start doing something new or different:
Designers have branched out from clothes to cosmetics and toiletries.
branch out into: In the longer term, the company wants to branch out into providing investment advice.
branch out on your own: Quinn wanted to leave the company and branch out on his own.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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