[ bawr-der ]
/ ˈbɔr dər /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to form or constitute a border; be next to: California borders on the Pacific Ocean.
to approach closely in character; verge: The situation borders on tragedy.

Nearby words

  1. borden,
  2. borden, gail,
  3. borden, lizzie,
  4. borden, lizzie andrew,
  5. borden, sir robert laird,
  6. border collie,
  7. border disease,
  8. border leicester,
  9. border light,
  10. border line

Origin of border

1325–75; Middle English bordure < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to bord(er) to border (derivative of bord ship's side, edge < Germanic; see board) + -ure -ure

Related formsbor·dered, adjectivebor·der·less, adjectivetrans·bor·der, adjectiveun·bor·dered, adjective

Can be confusedboarder border

Synonym study

1. See edge. 2. See boundary. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for border


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(tr) to decorate or provide with a border
(when intr , foll by on or upon)
  1. to be adjacent (to); lie along the boundary (of)his land borders on mine
  2. to be nearly the same (as); verge (on)his stupidity borders on madness

Word Origin for border

C14: from Old French bordure, from border to border, from bort side of a ship, of Germanic origin; see board


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noun the Border

(often plural) the area straddling the border between England and Scotland
the area straddling the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
the region in S South Africa around East London


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Allan (Robert). born 1955, Australian cricketer; played in 156 test matches (1978–1994), 93 as captain; first Australian batsman to score 10,000 test runs
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Word Origin and History for border
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