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verb [transitive]     prune pronunciation in American 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


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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