prune

noun
\ ˈprün How to pronounce prune (audio) \

Definition of prune

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a plum dried or capable of drying without fermentation

prune

verb
pruned; pruning

Definition of prune (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Verb

pruner noun

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Examples of prune in a Sentence

Verb She carefully pruned the hedge. Those trees need to be pruned every year. The students were asked to prune their essays. The budget needs to be pruned.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Learn more about how to supplement with prunes, when to expect results and how to make your own prune juice at home. Rachel Boller, chicagotribune.com, "Using prune juice to relieve constipation," 18 Apr. 2021 And those who garden, prune and plow...and still watch shows about gardening. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "7 Amazing Shows to Stream If You'd Always Rather Be Gardening," 29 Mar. 2021 And Kate McKinnon wins points for a magical sort of prune-like old lady face. Matthew Love, Vulture, "Saturday Night Live Recap: Maya Rudolph Channels Spring and Beyoncé’s Wet Head," 28 Mar. 2021 Remington’s smart trimmer scored exceptionally well in all of our tests, especially in crucial areas that affect your daily prune. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "The best beard trimmers of 2021," 26 Mar. 2021 The prune puree gave the brownies a fudgy texture and really enhanced the chocolate flavor. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Dates add texture and moisture to boxed-mix brownies while also cutting calories," 20 Mar. 2021 Warm prune juice itself has been long used as a natural constipation remedy as well. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "4 Amazing Prune Health Benefits You Need to Know About," 18 Feb. 2021 Retreating to the women’s college, she would be greeted by a dinner of plain beef and sprouts, with prunes for dessert, while the male scholars were fortified by sole and partridges and bottomless goblets of wine. Ruth Franklin, Harper's Magazine, "Splinters and Mosaics," 25 May 2020 Diane Unger, our director of recipe development, also finds that prunes work well, giving the sauce body and depth. TheWeek, "Chicken en Cocotte: France's one pot solution," 17 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb First, unless your name is Morticia Addams don't prune if your plants are budding or blooming now. Steve Bender, Southern Living, "When Should I Prune My Roses?," 30 Apr. 2021 Two years before the fire leveled Berry Creek, the community had been selected to receive an $836,000 state grant to prune vegetation and clear fuel from potential fire spots, The Associated Press reported. NBC News, "'Unnecessary loss': Wildfire survivors, experts urge congressional action ahead of fire season," 30 Apr. 2021 At the time of planting, prune the tree to a height of 2 to 3 feet above the ground. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Brown tips on this healthy cypress tree are male pollen-bearing flowers," 28 Mar. 2021 Those with just spots of the clinging foliage are hurt, but there should be a limited amount of dead limbs to prune away at some point. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "How to help an ailing tree recover from winter storm damage," 19 Apr. 2021 In early spring, clean your lawn and take the time to remove dead foliage, weeds, and debris as well as prune your trees. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, "A Handy Home Maintenance Checklist to Protect Your Biggest Investment," 23 Mar. 2021 Landscape roses, like Knock Out and all of its variations, are very easy to prune. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Make more flowering maple plants by taking cuttings; here's how to do it right," 27 Jan. 2021 Between now and the end of March is a good time to prune grape vines. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, "Mid-February sun is awakening Minnesota greenhouses," 11 Feb. 2021 To keep the bark brilliant, prune these shrubs regularly. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Bright dogwood bark gets its most vivid coloring with frequent pruning," 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of prune

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for prune

Noun

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

Verb

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

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“Prune.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prune. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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prune

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prune

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

prune

verb

English Language Learners Definition of prune (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
\ ˈprün How to pronounce prune (audio) \

Kids Definition of prune

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a dried plum

prune

verb
pruned; pruning

Kids Definition of prune (Entry 2 of 2)

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)

prune

noun
\ ˈprün How to pronounce prune (audio) \

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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