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verb [transitive]     prune pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participlepruning
past tensepruned
past participlepruned
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    prune back

    to remove parts of a tree or plant, for example to make it grow better

    We’ll need to prune back the branches this year.

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    to get rid of something that you do not need or want, especially in order to reduce the size or cost of something


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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