There are 3 definitions of verge in English:

verge1

Syllabification: verge
Pronunciation: /vərj
 
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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.
  • 1.1An 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
  • 1.2British A grass edging such as that by the side of a road or path.
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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.
  • 1.3 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.

verb

[no object] (verge on) Back to top  
  • Approach (something) closely; be close or similar to (something): 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
    approach, border on, come close/near to, be tantamount to; tend toward, approximate to, resemble

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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There are 3 definitions of verge in English:

verge2

Syllabification: verge
Pronunciation: /
 
vərj/

noun

  • A wand or rod carried before a bishop or dean as an emblem of office.
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    • ‘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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verge3

Syllabification: verge
Pronunciation: /
 
vərj/

verb

[no object]
  • Incline in a certain direction or toward 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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