1. countable noun
The branches of a tree are the parts that grow out from its trunk and have leaves, flowers, or fruit growing on them.
2. countable noun A branch of a business or other organization is one of the offices, shops, or groups which belong to it and which are located in different places. [+ of] ⇒ The local branch of Bank of America is handling the accounts. ⇒ National is Britain's leading autocare service with over 400 branches nationwide. 3. countable noun [adj N] A branch of an organization such as the government or the police force is a department that has a particular function. [+ of] ⇒ Senate employees could take their employment grievances to another branch of government. [+ of] ⇒ He had a fascination for submarines and joined this branch of the service. ⇒ ...the Metropolitan Police Special Branch. 4. countable noun
A branch of a subject is a part or type of it. ⇒ Whole branches of science may not receive any grants. [+ of] ⇒ Oncology is the branch of medicine dealing with tumors.
5. countable noun A branch of your family is a group of its members who are descended from one particular person. [+ of] ⇒ This is one of the branches of the Roosevelt family.
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