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noun [countable] branch pronunciation in American English /bræntʃ/ 
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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.

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  2. 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

    1. 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

  3. 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. 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.

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  5. 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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