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prune

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Gardening, Crops
pruneprune1 /pruːn/ verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 1 (also prune something ↔ back)DLG to cut off some of the branches of a tree or bush to make it grow better 🔊 The roses need pruning.2 especially British EnglishCUT to make something smaller by removing parts that you do not need or want 🔊 The company is pruning staff in order to reduce costs. 🔊 The original version of the text has been pruned quite a bit.
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prune• The state has pruned $275 million from this year's budget.• It can be found in baking a cake, pruning a tree, or holding a children's party.• Miniature roses do not need much pruning and are ideal for planting in pots.• What's the best time of the year for pruning apple trees?• Heavy pruning can promote vigorous new growth, which can increase susceptibility to the disease.• He has ruthlessly pruned his original plans for a quick dash to the top.• Major pruning is done in late winter.• Time also has worked wonders, pruning many of the bad investigative reporters and retaining many of the good ones.• In the intermediate zone between a population boom and a population bust, this superfluous genetic material is pruned out.• Red dogwoods should be pruned regularly.• Would it be possible for them also to prune this tree hard back so the light can be seen.• The role of government in macroeconomic management had to be pruned to a bare minimum.
Related topics: Food
pruneprune2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 DFa dried plum, often cooked before it is eaten 🔊 stewed prunes
Examples from the Corpus
prune• One of the most important discriminators between plums and prunes is what their age means to them.• Besides, it has prunes in it, did you know that?• Deep lines grooved her prune of a face.• Put the prunes in an earthenware oven dish, with the wine and enough water to cover them.• An image that captures the dichotomy of possibilities in getting older is the plum versus the prune.• The prunes were good but with three extra stones in the juice Christopher wondered who might have been there before him.
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Verb table
prune
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyprune
he, she, itprunes
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theypruned
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave pruned
he, she, ithas pruned
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad pruned
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill prune
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have pruned
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam pruning
he, she, itis pruning
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you, we, theyare pruning
Past
I, he, she, itwas pruning
you, we, theywere pruning
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been pruning
he, she, ithas been pruning
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been pruning
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be pruning
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been pruning
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