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prune (verb) [of plants, trees, bushes, etc.,] cut off branches; remove or cut out the excess parts of something.

When you prune trees, plants, bushes, etc., you cut off some of the branches to make them grow better; you trim them. Plants and bushes grow wild in a garden if they are not pruned. Pruning improves the look of a garden and helps the plants and bushes grow better. Removing the unwanted parts of a thing is also pruning it. You reduce your expenditure to bare necessities if you prune your expenditure. A company may prune its staff if it removes staff found excess.

  • Though there was none to prune the garden it was none the worse for it. The unpruned appearance gave it a look of wild beauty.
  • With the wide use of computers, a number of companies found they were overstaffed, so they pruned their staff to half the original number. Most companies now do with far fewer employees than before the use of computers.
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