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prune

To prune means to clip, crop, cut back, and weed out. Pruning usually happens to overgrown trees and bushes, but can also be helpful for wild eyebrows and guest lists that are too long.

You may have also heard of another form of prune: the kind you eat. But other than dried plums, the word is generally used in verb form to describe giving something a much needed trim. Gardeners prune plants, cutting back dead branches and weak parts so they can thrive and grow better. Companies prune budgets to cut back on unnecessary spending. And you might need to prune your baseball hat collection if you're running out of places to put them.

Definitions of prune
  1. verb
    cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
    synonyms: clip, crop, cut back, dress, lop, snip, trim
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    shear
    cut with shears
    poll, pollard
    convert into a pollard
    pinch, top
    cut the top off
    disbud
    thin out buds to improve the quality of the remaining flowers
    tail
    remove the stalk of fruits or berries
    type of:
    thin out
    make sparse
  2. verb
    weed out unwanted or unnecessary things
    synonyms: cut, rationalise, rationalize
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    do away with, eliminate, extinguish, get rid of
    terminate, end, or take out
  3. noun
    dried plum
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    type of:
    dried fruit
    fruit preserved by drying
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