tree

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noun

1
a
: 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
3
a(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
4
treeless adjective
treelike adjective

tree

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verb

treed; treeing

transitive verb

1
a
: 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

Example Sentences

Noun He chopped down the tree.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Can my Tree be Saved that might be helpful for you in assessing the likelihood that your tree will survive. oregonlive, 20 Nov. 2022 Her tree from 2016 is nearly identical to her 2019 pick. Andrea Wurzburger, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2022 And as for your tree, string through a metallic garland or party beads for a subtle sparkle. Give your garland even more dimension by embellishing it with tassels. Angela Belt, House Beautiful, 17 Nov. 2022 Stringing Christmas lights on your holiday tree is one thing, but decorating outdoors is quite another. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 17 Nov. 2022 Chances are your Christmas tree isn't the size of New York's Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, but that doesn't mean your tree doesn't deserve a grand unveiling as well. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 16 Nov. 2022 Drape your garland along a wall, a banister, or even your tree. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Nov. 2022 Limbs from your tree reaching over the property line can be cut back by your neighbor. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2022 The Elf on the Shelf gets a camo makeover, then takes cover in your tree. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 11 Nov. 2022
Verb
People allergic to tree nuts will develop symptoms after eating products containing these ingredients. Chris Smith, BGR, 27 Oct. 2022 Not only is the money tree a beautiful addition to any home style, it's also been found to bring luck and good fortune to its owners. Cailey Lindberg, Good Housekeeping, 13 Oct. 2022 Manzanita is a large group of evergreen shrubs, from groundcover to tree height, and varying widths. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Oct. 2022 Of those, some people have been found to also be allergic to tree nuts like walnut and hazelnut. Chris Smith, BGR, 5 Sep. 2022 People who are not allergic to tree nuts can still eat the product. Chris Smith, BGR, 5 Sep. 2022 Topping creates a serious threat to tree health (short-term and long-term). Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 13 July 2022 Ray Green shoveled soil around a young October Glory maple tree a few steps from where his brother, David Green, was shot and killed in a white supremacist terrorist’s rampage one year ago. Alexander Thompson, BostonGlobe.com, 26 June 2022 Prune any landscaping and remove weeds that abut the house, from shrubs at the base of the house to tree branches above. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of tree was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tree. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

tree 1 of 2

noun

1
a
: a woody plant that lives for years and has a usually single tall main stem with few or no branches on its lower part
b
: a shrub or herb that has a form like a tree
rose trees
a banana tree
2
: a piece of wood (as a post or pole) put to a particular use of forming part of a structure or device
3
: something shaped like or arranged in a form like a tree
especially : a diagram or graph in branching form compare factor tree, family tree sense 2
treeless adjective
treelike adjective

tree

2 of 2

verb

treed; treeing
1
: to drive up or as if up a tree
2
: to furnish or fit with a tree
tree an axle

Medical Definition

tree

noun

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

Biographical Definition

Tree

biographical name

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

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