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prune

noun \ ˈprün \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of prune

:a plum dried or capable of drying without fermentation

Recent Examples of prune from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of prune

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


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prune

verb

Definition of prune

pruned; pruning
transitive verb
1 a :to reduce especially by eliminating superfluous matter
  • pruned the text
  • prune the budget
b :to remove as superfluous
  • prune away all ornamentation
2 :to cut off or cut back parts of for better shape or more fruitful growth
  • prune the branches
intransitive verb
: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.

Recent Examples of prune from the Web

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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

prune Synonyms

Synonyms
bob, crop, cut, cut back, dock, lop (off), nip, pare, poll, clip, shave, shear, snip, trim
Related Words
skive, whittle; manicure, mow; pinch, stump; curtail, shorten
Near Antonyms
elongate, extend, lengthen


PRUNE Defined for English Language Learners

prune

noun

Definition of prune for English Language Learners

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


prune

verb

Definition of prune for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PRUNE Defined for Kids

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prune

noun \ ˈprün \

Definition of prune for Students

:a dried plum

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prune

verb

Definition of prune for Students

pruned; pruning
1 :to cut off dead or unwanted parts of a bush or tree
2 :to cut out useless or unwanted parts (as unnecessary words in something written)

Medical Dictionary

prune

noun \ ˈprün \

medical Definition of prune

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


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