Main definitions of verge in US English:

: verge1verge2verge3

verge1

noun

  • 1An edge or border.

    ‘they came down to the verge of the lake’
    • ‘The flat verges were littered with seaweed and plastic flotsam.’
    edge, border, margin, side, brink, rim, lip, limit, boundary, outskirts, perimeter, periphery, borderline, frontier
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    1. 1.1 An extreme limit beyond which something specified will happen.
      ‘I was on the verge of tears’
      • ‘He approached companies who were on the verge of bankruptcy before he bought them.’
      • ‘By the late 1960s many believed the disease was on the verge of extinction.’
      • ‘In all the industrialised countries the welfare state is on the verge of collapse.’
      • ‘I screamed through my closed door, near the verge of tears.’
      • ‘And then she turned to her friend, who seemed on the verge of collapsing.’
      • ‘"Matt and Kirsten are on the verge of breaking up, " Lily said.’
      • ‘Our testing in Denver makes me believe we're on the verge of breaking through.’
      • ‘An extremely competent golfer, Alf was on the verge of turning professional at one time.’
      • ‘The girl began to whimper again, and looked on the verge of tears.’
      • ‘My voice has got so loud that it is on the verge of breaking.’
      • ‘Danna looked on the verge of tears as she nodded and tried to smile.’
      • ‘I hoped he didn't notice I was on the verge of a breakdown.’
      • ‘We're just at the verge of starting to really understand from the molecular level to the systems level how the brain works.’
      • ‘But his centuries-old livelihood is on the verge of collapse since the areca nut price has crashed beyond imagination.’
      • ‘A lot of the buildings were damaged or were on the verge of collapsing.’
      • ‘At the time of the merger, Nissan was on the verge of bankruptcy.’
      • ‘Health bosses are believed to be on the verge of producing a new document outlining the fate of Ilkley's Coronation Hospital.’
      • ‘I was on the verge of tears, but it needed to be said.’
      • ‘The majority of rolling stock was hideously dated and on the verge of collapse.’
      • ‘But the species is dwindling fast and is feared on the verge of extinction.’
      brink, threshold, edge, point, dawn
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    2. 1.2British A grass edging such as that by the side of a road or path.
      • ‘Their car hit the nearside verge, and came to rest in the middle lane.’
      • ‘Fortunately, in those days, roadside verges were clear of overhanging tree branches.’
      • ‘Over 45 sites were tackled this year including road verges and loch sides.’
      • ‘What sort of machine is used to cut the grass verges?’
      • ‘It's a wooded area with quiet roads and grass verges, a perfect spot to walk dogs.’
      • ‘In north Norfolk we are used to the dramatic appearance of a Barn Owl as it hunts the road side verges searching for small rodents.’
      • ‘One of the options is to put double white lines down which would preclude people from parking on the road and the grass verges.’
      • ‘The complex of ranch buildings spreads across a grassy verge above a tumbling creek.’
      • ‘These days the Trace is a bitumen road, grass verges neatly manicured and mowed for mile after funereal mile.’
      • ‘At one point, an eye-witness saw it throw up dirt and grass from the nearside verge.’
      • ‘If we don't cut the grass verges, no-one else will.’
      • ‘Overgrown grass verges will be cut back after councils backtracked over the service.’
      • ‘People also got out in November and planted thousands of daffodils along the road verges.’
      • ‘Ray Darcy was responsible for cutting the road verges and hedges on the approach roads to the village.’
      • ‘The dog, nicknamed John, appeared on the grass verge by the side of the road in the main street through the village.’
      • ‘This happened on a straight, single-lane gravel road with a grass verge.’
      • ‘I climbed over the safety barrier and sat on the grassy, hilly verge to wait.’
      • ‘The roadside verges and hedgerows also came in for favourable comment from the judges.’
      • ‘The Escort was being driven south along the 30 mph stretch, when it mounted a grass verge alongside the road.’
      • ‘Mr Hocaniuk, 24, broke hard and steered to avoid the collision, ending up on a grass verge by the side of the road.’
      edge, border, margin, side, brink, rim, lip, limit, boundary, outskirts, perimeter, periphery, borderline, frontier
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    3. 1.3Architecture An edge of tiles projecting over a gable.
      • ‘The poor condition of that tiling and the defective mortar to the verge tiling generally warranted further investigation, in Mr Bruce's opinion.’
      • ‘Only if society is on the verge of collapse can a communist revolution succeed.’

verb

[no object]verge on
  • Approach (something) closely; be close or similar to (something)

    ‘despair verging on the suicidal’
    • ‘‘The Arabs have been driven into a state verging on despair; and the present unrest is no more than an expression of that despair’.’
    • ‘Stuart MacGill, Warne's replacement, is a perfectly-good bowler, but he struggled, so much so that his body language often verged on despair.’
    tend towards, incline to, incline towards, border on, approach, near, come near, be close to, be near to, touch on, be tantamount to, be more or less, be not far from, approximate to, resemble, be similar to
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin virga ‘rod’. The current verb sense dates from the late 18th century.

Pronunciation

verge

/vərdʒ//vərj/

Main definitions of verge in US English:

: verge1verge2verge3

verge2

noun

  • A wand or rod carried before a bishop or dean as an emblem of office.

    • ‘‘I will carry on looking after the verges until they (the council) shoot me,’ he said.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin virga ‘rod’.

Pronunciation

verge

/vərdʒ//vərj/

Main definitions of verge in US English:

: verge1verge2verge3

verge3

verb

  • no object, with adverbial of direction Incline in a certain direction or toward a particular state.

    ‘his style verged into the art nouveau school’
    • ‘Driving into London overnight from deep in the countryside is an experience verging close to the surreal.’
    • ‘The ambition of such a project verges towards the arrogant.’
    • ‘If full, then verge south of start, lots down at Bonfield Gill half a mile from start.’
    • ‘‘We are fast verging toward anarchy and confusion,’ he wrote.’
    • ‘This is not yet treasonable talk, though it verged close enough for Eliot to be sent to the Tower.’
    • ‘If that were so, it would be tempting to dismiss these poems as mere word-play, verging toward nonsense.’
    • ‘Folds are commonly asymmetric, and verge to the south or SE.’

Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘descend to the horizon’): from Latin vergere ‘to bend, incline’.

Pronunciation

verge

/vərdʒ//vərj/