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Pronunciation: /vəːdʒ
 
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noun

1An edge or border: they came down to the verge of the lake
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  • The flat verges were littered with seaweed and plastic flotsam.
1.1British A grass edging such as that by the side of a road or path: the grass verge outside the church
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  • 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.
  • These days the Trace is a bitumen road, grass verges neatly manicured and mowed for mile after funereal mile.
  • The dog, nicknamed John, appeared on the grass verge by the side of the road in the main street through the village.
1.2 Architecture An edge of tiles projecting over a gable.
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  • 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.
2An extreme limit beyond which something specified will happen: I was on the verge of tears
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  • But his centuries-old livelihood is on the verge of collapse since the areca nut price has crashed beyond imagination.
  • An extremely competent golfer, Alf was on the verge of turning professional at one time.
  • Health bosses are believed to be on the verge of producing a new document outlining the fate of Ilkley's Coronation Hospital.
Synonyms
brink, threshold, edge, point, dawn;

verb

[no object] (verge on) Back to top  
Be very close or similar to: despair verging on the suicidal
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  • ‘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.
Synonyms
tend towards, incline to, incline towards, border on, approach, near, come near, be close/near to, touch on, be tantamount to, be more or less, be not far from, approximate to, resemble, be similar to

Origin

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

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  • Verge came via Old French from Latin virga ‘rod’, and its first meaning in medieval English was ‘penis’. This sense soon dropped out of use, and was replaced by ‘a rod or sceptre as a symbol of office’, and ‘a boundary or margin’, probably from the idea of a rod used as a boundary marker. The modern senses ‘an edge or border’ and ‘a limit beyond which something will happen’, as in ‘she was on the verge of tears’, are from the 17th century. The church verger first took his name from the role of carrying a rod or similar symbol of office in front of a bishop or other official. Since the early 18th century a verger has also been a church caretaker and attendant. Verge with the sense ‘incline towards’ is early 17th century, and had the early sense ‘descend (to the horizon)’ (Sir Walter Scott Talisman: ‘The light was now verging low, yet served the knight still to discern that they two were no longer alone in the forest’). The source is Latin vergere ‘to bend, incline’.

Words that rhyme with verge

converge, dirge, diverge, emerge, merge, purge, scourge, serge, splurge, spurge, submerge, surge, urge

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Pronunciation: /vəːdʒ
 
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noun

A wand or rod carried before a bishop or dean as an emblem of office.
Example sentences
  • ‘I will carry on looking after the verges until they (the council) shoot me,’ he said.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin virga 'rod'.

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  • Verge came via Old French from Latin virga ‘rod’, and its first meaning in medieval English was ‘penis’. This sense soon dropped out of use, and was replaced by ‘a rod or sceptre as a symbol of office’, and ‘a boundary or margin’, probably from the idea of a rod used as a boundary marker. The modern senses ‘an edge or border’ and ‘a limit beyond which something will happen’, as in ‘she was on the verge of tears’, are from the 17th century. The church verger first took his name from the role of carrying a rod or similar symbol of office in front of a bishop or other official. Since the early 18th century a verger has also been a church caretaker and attendant. Verge with the sense ‘incline towards’ is early 17th century, and had the early sense ‘descend (to the horizon)’ (Sir Walter Scott Talisman: ‘The light was now verging low, yet served the knight still to discern that they two were no longer alone in the forest’). The source is Latin vergere ‘to bend, incline’.

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Pronunciation: /vəːdʒ
 
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verb

[no object, with adverbial of direction]
Incline in a certain direction or towards a particular state: his style verged into the art nouveau school
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  • ‘We are fast verging toward anarchy and confusion,’ he wrote.
  • If that were so, it would be tempting to dismiss these poems as mere word-play, verging toward nonsense.
  • If full, then verge south of start, lots down at Bonfield Gill half a mile from start.

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'descend to the horizon'): from Latin vergere 'to bend, incline'.

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  • Verge came via Old French from Latin virga ‘rod’, and its first meaning in medieval English was ‘penis’. This sense soon dropped out of use, and was replaced by ‘a rod or sceptre as a symbol of office’, and ‘a boundary or margin’, probably from the idea of a rod used as a boundary marker. The modern senses ‘an edge or border’ and ‘a limit beyond which something will happen’, as in ‘she was on the verge of tears’, are from the 17th century. The church verger first took his name from the role of carrying a rod or similar symbol of office in front of a bishop or other official. Since the early 18th century a verger has also been a church caretaker and attendant. Verge with the sense ‘incline towards’ is early 17th century, and had the early sense ‘descend (to the horizon)’ (Sir Walter Scott Talisman: ‘The light was now verging low, yet served the knight still to discern that they two were no longer alone in the forest’). The source is Latin vergere ‘to bend, incline’.

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