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Difference between Branch off and Branch out

branch offdeviate from an original direction:

  • At the bridge a little road branches off from the highway and follows the river.

branch out

1. (of a tree) spread out into branches:

  • The tree branched out in every direction, casting a vast shadow over the house.

2. = branch off:

  • After a pair of bends in descent the asphalt ends and the road branches out in three directions.

3. add new interests or activities:

  • John started a television repair shop, then he branched out and began selling television sets too.