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verge

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[ vurj ]
/ vɜrdʒ /
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noun
verb (used without object), verged, verg·ing.
to be on the edge or margin; border: Our property verges on theirs.
to come close to or be in transition to some state, quality, etc. (usually followed by on): a statesman who verged on greatness; a situation that verged on disaster.
verb (used with object), verged, verg·ing.
to serve as the verge or boundary of: a high hedge verging the yard.
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Origin of verge

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English virge, verge “shaft, column, rod (hence boundary or jurisdiction symbolized by a steward's rod), rod of office, penis,” from Middle French, from Latin virga “shoot, twig, branch, rod”

Other definitions for verge (2 of 2)

verge2
[ vurj ]
/ vɜrdʒ /

verb (used without object), verged, verg·ing.
to incline; tend (usually followed by to or toward): The economy verges toward inflation.
to slope or sink.

Origin of verge

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First recorded in 1600–10; from Latin vergere “to turn, bend, be inclined”
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British Dictionary definitions for verge (1 of 2)

verge1
/ (vɜːdʒ) /

noun
verb
(intr foll by on) to be near (to)to verge on chaos
(when intr, sometimes foll by on) to serve as the edge of (something)this narrow strip verges the road

Word Origin for verge

C15: from Old French, from Latin virga rod

British Dictionary definitions for verge (2 of 2)

verge2
/ (vɜːdʒ) /

verb
(intr; foll by to or towards) to move or incline in a certain direction

Word Origin for verge

C17: from Latin vergere
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Medical definitions for verge

verge
[ vûrj ]

n.
The extreme edge or margin; a border.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

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