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border

[ bawr-der ]
/ ˈbɔr dər /
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noun

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.

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Origin of border

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English bordure, from Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to bord(er) “to border” (derivative of bord “ship's side, edge,” from Germanic; see board) + -ure noun suffix; see -ure

synonym study for border

1. See edge. 2. See boundary.

OTHER WORDS FROM border

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH border

boarder, border
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British Dictionary definitions for border (1 of 3)

border
/ (ˈbɔːdə) /

noun

verb

(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

British Dictionary definitions for border (2 of 3)

Border1
/ (ˈbɔːdə) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for border (3 of 3)

Border2
/ (ˈbɔːdə) /

noun

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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