prune - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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/pruːn/
present tense
I/you/we/theyprune
he/she/itprunes
present participlepruning
past tensepruned
past participlepruned
  1. 1

    prune

    or

    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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  2. 2
    to get rid of something that you do not need or want, especially in order to reduce the size or cost of something