tree

noun
\ ˈtrē How to pronounce tree (audio) \

Definition of tree

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a woody perennial plant having a single usually elongate main stem generally with few or no branches on its lower part
b : a shrub or herb of arborescent form rose trees a banana tree
2 : something in the form of or resembling a tree: such as
a : a diagram or graph that branches usually from a simple stem or vertex without forming loops or polygons a genealogical tree phylogenetic trees
b : a much-branched system of channels especially in an animal body the vascular tree
3a(1) : a piece of wood (such as a post or pole) usually adapted to a particular use or forming part of a structure or implement
(2) archaic : the cross on which Jesus was crucified
b archaic : gallows

tree

verb
treed; treeing

Definition of tree (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to drive to or up a tree treed by a bull dogs treeing game
b : to put into a position of extreme disadvantage : corner especially : to bring to bay
2 : to furnish or fit (a shoe) with a tree

Tree

biographical name
\ ˈtrē How to pronounce Tree (audio) \

Definition of Tree (Entry 3 of 3)

Sir Herbert (Draper) Beerbohm 1853–1917 English actor-manager

Other Words from tree

Noun

treeless \ ˈtrē-​ləs How to pronounce Tree (audio) \ adjective
treelike \ ˈtrē-​ˌlīk How to pronounce Tree (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tree in a Sentence

Noun He chopped down the tree.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The somber news was delivered at a briefing in the Grant Grove of Kings Canyon National Park, in the shadow of the General Grant Tree — considered the second largest tree on Earth. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2021 While access to General Sherman remains off limits, NPS said travelers can visit the second largest tree in the world, the General Grant Tree, in the Grant Grove of Kings Canyon National Park, which is largely open. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 11 Nov. 2021 The giant sequoia is the world's largest tree by volume and closely related to the redwood, the world's tallest. Brian Melley, ajc, 2 Nov. 2021 The highway connects Giant Forest, home to the General Sherman Tree, which is considered the world's largest by volume, and Grant Grove, home to the General Grant Tree, the second-largest tree in the world. The Associated. Press, Arkansas Online, 25 Oct. 2021 The highway connects Giant Forest, home to the General Sherman Tree, which is considered the world’s largest by volume, and Grant Grove, home to the General Grant Tree, the second-largest tree in the world. NBC News, 23 Oct. 2021 The General Sherman Tree, the world’s largest tree by volume, resides in one of the groves. Talal Ansari, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 Among them, the 2,700-year-old General Sherman — the world’s largest living tree, standing 275 feet tall — now wears a skirt of shiny silver around its 102-foot girth. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Fire crews even wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree this week to protect it from wildfires burning near a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias in California's Sequoia National Park. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Of all the food allergies, being allergic to tree nuts is by far the most common. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 29 Oct. 2021 But there is more to tree planting than putting plants in the ground. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2021 The study concludes climate change and extreme weather are emerging threats to tree species globally. Jamie Hailstone, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 But there is more to tree planting than putting plants in the ground. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2021 But there is more to tree planting than putting plants in the ground. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2021 But there is more to tree planting than putting plants in the ground. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2021 Ennamorato said the majority of the damage is related to tree damage and cleanup. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Aug. 2021 But there is more to tree planting than putting plants in the ground. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of tree

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tree

Noun

Middle English, from Old English trēow; akin to Old Norse trē tree, Greek drys, Sanskrit dāru wood

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tree

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tree

: a usually tall plant that has a thick, wooden stem and many large branches
: a drawing that connects things with lines to show how they are related to each other

tree

noun
\ ˈtrē How to pronounce tree (audio) \

Kids Definition of tree

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a long-lived woody plant that has a single usually tall main stem with few or no branches on its lower part
2 : a plant of treelike form a banana tree
3 : something shaped like a tree a clothes tree

Other Words from tree

treeless \ -​ləs \ adjective
treelike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

tree

verb
treed; treeing

Kids Definition of tree (Entry 2 of 2)

: to force to go up a tree A dog treed their cat.

tree

noun
\ ˈtrē How to pronounce tree (audio) \

Medical Definition of tree

: an anatomical system or structure having many branches the vascular tree — see biliary tree, bronchial tree, tracheobronchial tree

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