a part of a tree that grows out from the main stem and on which leaves, flowers and fruit grow
a local office or shop/store belonging to a large company or organization
The bank has branches all over the country.
Our New York branch is dealing with the matter.
a part of a government or other large organization that deals with one particular aspect of its work
the anti-terrorist branch
a division of an area of knowledge or a group of languages
the branch of computer science known as ‘artificial intelligence’
a smaller or less important part of a river, road, railway/railroad, etc. that leads away from the main part
a branch of the Rhine
a branch line (= a small line off a main railway line, often in country areas)
a group of members of a family who all have the same ancestors
My uncle's branch of the family emigrated to Canada.
thoroughly and completely
The government set out to destroy the organization root and branch.
to divide into two or more parts, especially smaller or less important parts
The accident happened where the road branches.
of a road or river
to be joined to another road or river but lead in a different direction
Just after the lake, the path branches off to the right.
of a person
to leave a road or path and travel in a different direction
to start to do an activity that you have not done before, especially in your work or business
The company branched out into selling insurance.
I decided to branch out on my own .