prune back

prune back
phr verb
Prune back is used with these nouns as the object: ↑stem

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  • prune back — see prune 2), 3) …   English dictionary

  • prune — [[t]pru͟ːn[/t]] prunes, pruning, pruned 1) N COUNT A prune is a dried plum. 2) VERB When you prune a tree or bush, you cut off some of the branches so that it will grow better the next year. [V n] You have to prune a bush if you want fruit...… …   English dictionary

  • prune — I UK [pruːn] / US [prun] verb [transitive] Word forms prune : present tense I/you/we/they prune he/she/it prunes present participle pruning past tense pruned past participle pruned 1) prune or prune back to remove parts of a tree or plant, for… …   English dictionary

  • prune — prune1 [ prun ] verb transitive 1. ) prune or prune back to remove parts of a tree or plant, for example to make it grow better: We ll need to prune back the branches this year. 2. ) to get rid of something you do not need or want, especially in… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • prune — 1 verb (T) 1 also prune back to cut some of the branches of a tree or bush to make it grow better: I need to prune the roses this weekend. 2 also prune down to get rid of the unnecessary parts of something: The essay s too long, you need to prune …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • prune — [v] trim; cut short clip, cut back, dock, eliminate, exclude, gut, knock off, lop, pare down, reduce, shape, shave, shear, shorten, skive, snip, thin; concepts 137,176,236,247 …   New thesaurus

  • prune — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, plum, from Latin prunum more at plum Date: 14th century a plum dried or capable of drying without fermentation II. verb (pruned; pruning) Etymology: Middle English prouynen, probably… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • prune — verb ADVERB ▪ drastically, hard (esp. BrE), heavily, severely ▪ Prune the trees hard in the winter. ▪ Their budgets have been drastically pruned. (figurative) …   Collocations dictionary

  • prune — {{11}}prune (n.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. pronne plum (13c.), from V.L. *pruna, fem. sing. formed from L. pruna, neut. pl. of prunum plum, by dissimilation from Gk. proumnon, from a language of Asia Minor. Slang meaning disagreeable or disliked… …   Etymology dictionary

  • prune — verb 1) I pruned the roses Syn: cut back, trim, thin, pinch back, clip, shear, top, dock 2) prune lateral shoots of wisteria Syn: cut off, lop (off), chop off, clip …   Thesaurus of popular words

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