add to, develop, diversify, enlarge, expand, extend, have a finger in every pie, increase, multiply, proliferate, ramify, spread out
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branch ( branches plural & 3rd person present) ( branching present participle) ( branched past tense & past participle )
1 n-count The branches of a tree are the parts that grow out from its trunk and have leaves, flowers, or fruit growing on them.
2 n-count A branchof a business or other organization is one of the offices, shops, or groups which belong to it and which are located in different places.
oft N of n
The local branch of Bank of America is handling the accounts..., National is Britain's leading autocare service with over 400 branches nationwide.
3 n-count A branchof an organization such as the government or the police force is a department that has a particular function.
with supp, oft N of n, adj N
Senate employees could take their employment grievances to another branch of government..., He had a fascination for submarines and joined this branch of the service., ...the Metropolitan Police Special Branch.
4 n-count A branch of a subject is a part or type of it.
N of n
Oncology is the branch of medicine dealing with tumors.
5 n-count A branchof your family is a group of its members who are descended from one particular person.
usu N of n
This is one of the branches of the Roosevelt family. branch off phrasal verb A road or path that branches off from another one starts from it and goes in a slightly different direction. If you branch off somewhere, you change the direction in which you are going.
After a few miles, a small road branched off to the right... V P prep/adv, Also V P, V P n branch out phrasal verb If a person or an organization branches out, they do something that is different from their normal activities or work.
I continued studying moths, and branched out to other insects... V P prep/adv, Also V P
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