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verb [transitive] prune pronunciation in British English /pruːn/
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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
    Companies must continually prune costs to stay competitive.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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