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Definition of prune verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    prune

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//prun//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prune
     
    he / she / it prunes
     
    past simple pruned
     
    -ing form pruning
     
     
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  1. 1to cut off some of the branches from a tree, bush, etc. so that it will grow better and stronger prune something When should you prune apple trees? He pruned the longer branches off the tree. prune something back The hedge needs pruning back.
  2. 2 prune something (back) to make something smaller by removing parts; to cut out parts of something Staff numbers have been pruned back to 175. The railroad companies have pruned their schedules (= there are fewer trains). Prune out any unnecessary details.
  3.  
    noun [uncountable] All roses require annual pruning. The company would benefit from a little pruning here and there.
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