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Definition of tree noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

tree

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  •   a tall plant that can live a long time. Trees have a thick central wooden trunk from which branches grow, usually with leaves on them an oak tree to plant a tree to chop/cut down a tree They followed a path through the trees. Topic CollocationsThe Living Worldanimals animals mate/breed/reproduce/feed (on something) fish/amphibians swim/spawn (= lay eggs) birds fly/migrate/nest/sing insects crawl/fly/bite/sting insects/bees/locusts swarm bees collect/gather nectar/pollen spiders spin/weave a web snakes/lizards shed their skins bears/hedgehogs/frogs hibernate insect larvae grow/develop/pupate an egg/a chick/a larva hatches attract/find/choose a mate produce/release eggs/sperm lay/fertilize/incubate/hatch eggs inhabit a forest/a reef/the coast mark/enter/defend (a) territory stalk/hunt/capture/catch/kill preyplants and fungi trees/plants grow/bloom/blossom/flower a seed germinates/sprouts leaves/buds/roots/shoots appear/develop/form flower buds swell/open a fungus grows/spreads/colonizes something pollinate/fertilize a flower/plant produce/release/spread/disperse pollen/seeds/spores produce/bear fruit develop/grow/form roots/shoots/leaves provide/supply/absorb/extract/release nutrients perform/increase/reduce photosynthesisbacteria and viruses bacteria/microbes/viruses grow/spread/multiply bacteria/microbes live/thrive in/on something bacteria/microbes/viruses evolve/colonize something/cause disease bacteria break something down/convert something (into something) a virus enters/invades something/the body a virus mutates/evolves/replicates (itself) be infected with/contaminated with/exposed to a new strain of a virus/drug-resistant bacteria contain/carry/harbor bacteria/a virus kill/destroy/eliminate harmful/deadly bacteria compare bush, shrub see also bay tree, Christmas tree, family tree, phone tree, plane tree, shade tree
  • Idioms
    the apple doesn't fall/never falls far from the tree (saying)
     
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    a child usually behaves in a similar way to his or her parent(s)
    be barking up the wrong tree (informal)
     
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    to have the wrong idea about how to get or achieve something You're barking up the wrong tree if you think we'd lend you money again.
    be out of your tree (informal)
     
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    to be behaving in a crazy or stupid way, perhaps because of drugs or alcohol
    money doesn't grow on trees (saying)
     
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    used to tell someone not to use something or spend money carelessly because you do not have a lot of it
    not see the forest for the trees
     
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    to not see or understand the main point about something, because you are paying too much attention to small details
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: tree