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noun [countable] British English pronunciation: branch /brɑːntʃ/ 
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singularbranch
pluralbranches
  1. 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.

    There was a bird perched on the topmost branch.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 5
    a part of a river that leads away from the main part
    branch of:

    the larger branches of the Mekong River

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