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bush

noun, often attributive \ ˈbu̇sh \

Definition of bush

1 a : shrub; especially : a low densely branched shrub
b : a close thicket of shrubs suggesting a single plant
2 : a large uncleared or sparsely settled area (as in Australia) usually scrub-covered or forested : wilderness usually used with the
3 a archaic : a bunch of ivy formerly hung outside a tavern to indicate wine for sale
b obsolete : tavern
c : advertising
  • good wine needs no bush
  • —William Shakespeare
4 : a bushy tuft or mass
  • a bush of hair
; especially : 2brush 2a
5 : minor league usually used in plural
  • spent ten years in the bushes

Origin and Etymology of bush

Middle English; akin to Old High German busc forest


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bush

verb

Definition of bush

bushed; bushing; bushes
: to support, mark, or protect with bushes
: to extend like a bush : resemble a bush

First Known Use of bush

15th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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bush

adjective

Definition of bush

1 : having a low-growing compact bushy habit used especially of cultivated beans
  • bush snap beans
2 : serving, occurring in, or used in the bush
  • bush planes

First Known Use of bush

1595

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bush

noun

Definition of bush

chiefly British

Origin and Etymology of bush

Dutch bus bushing, box, from Middle Dutch busse box, from Late Latin buxis — more at box

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bush

adjective

Definition of bush

: falling below acceptable standards : unprofessional
  • bush behavior

Origin and Etymology of bush

short for bush-league


Bush

biographical name \ ˈbu̇sh \

Definition of Bush

George (Herbert Walker) 1924–     American politician; 41st president of the U.S. (1989–93)

Bush

biographical name

Definition of Bush

George W(alker) 1946–     son of George H. W. Bush American politician; 43rd president of the U.S. (2001–09)

Bush

biographical name

Definition of Bush

Van*ne*var play \və-ˈnē-vər\ 1890–1974 American electrical engineer


BUSH Defined for Kids

bush

noun \ ˈbu̇sh \

Definition of bush for Students

1 : a usually low shrub with many branches
2 : a stretch of uncleared or lightly settled country


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