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prune

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noun \ˈprün\

Simple Definition of prune

  • : a dried plum that is often cooked before it is eaten

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prune

  1. :  a plum dried or capable of drying without fermentation

Origin and Etymology of prune

Middle English, from Anglo-French, plum, from Latin prunum — more at plum


First Known Use: 14th century


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prune

verb

Simple Definition of prune

  • : to cut off some of the branches of (a tree or bush) so that it will grow better or look better

  • : to reduce (something) by removing parts that are not necessary or wanted

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prune

pruned

pruning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to reduce especially by eliminating superfluous matter <pruned the text> <prune the budget> b :  to remove as superfluous <prune away all ornamentation>

  3. 2 :  to cut off or cut back parts of for better shape or more fruitful growth <prune the branches>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to cut away what is unwanted or superfluous

pruner

noun

Examples of prune in a sentence

  1. She carefully pruned the hedge.

  2. Those trees need to be pruned every year.

  3. The students were asked to prune their essays.

  4. The budget needs to be pruned.



Origin and Etymology of prune

Middle English prouynen, probably ultimately from Old French prooignier, alteration of *porrooignier, from por- completely (from Latin pro-) + rooignier to cut, prune, from Vulgar Latin *rotundiare to cut around, from Latin rotundus round — more at pro-, rotund


First Known Use: 15th century



PRUNE Defined for Kids

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prune

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noun \ˈprün\

Definition of prune for Students

  1. :  a dried plum




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prune

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verb

Definition of prune for Students

pruned

pruning

  1. 1 :  to cut off dead or unwanted parts of a bush or tree

  2. 2 :  to cut out useless or unwanted parts (as unnecessary words in something written)




Medical Dictionary

prune

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noun \ˈprün\

Medical Definition of prune

  1. :  a plum dried or capable of drying without fermentation and often used as a food and as a mild laxative





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