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pronunciation:
vuhrj
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the point or limit beyond which something occurs, begins, or comes into effect; brink.
Astronomers are on the verge of a major discovery.
synonyms:
brink, threshold
similar words:
brow, deadline, edge, extremity, point, precipice
definition 2: the border, margin, or edge of something.
We stopped at the verge of the forest.
synonyms:
border, bounds, edge, limit, margin
similar words:
bound, boundary, brim, brink, extremity, fringe, lip, perimeter, rim
definition 3: a rod or staff, esp. one carried as a symbol of authority.
synonyms:
baton, mace, scepter, staff, truncheon, wand
similar words:
caduceus, fasces, rod
definition 4: (chiefly British) the strip of land alongside a road or path, often containing gravel or grass; shoulder.
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: verges, verging, verged
definition: to approach or be on the limit or border of (often fol. by on).
That land verges on the city park.After her death, his mental condition verged on insanity.Her first novel verged on brilliance.This rare species of bird is now verging on extinction.The crowd's anger verged on hysteria.
synonyms:
abut, bound
similar words:
approach, near, neighbor
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to constitute the border or limit of.
synonyms:
border, bound, rim, skirt
similar words:
abut, adjoin, fringe, hem, limit, margin
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