verge
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verge(
vuhrj
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(brink)
a. el borde
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The country is on the verge of economic collapse.El país está al borde del colapso económico.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
His aim was to unify the country, and he was on the verge of success when he was assesinated.Se había propuesto unificar el país, y estaba a un paso de conseguirlo cuando fue asesinado.
We were on the verge of giving up, and then help arrived.Estábamos a punto de darnos por vencidos cuando llegó la ayuda.
2. (border) (United Kingdom)
a. el borde
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We went for a walk to the verge of the pond and sat on a bench there to watch the ducks.Dimos un paseo hasta el borde del estanque y nos sentamos en un banco para mirar los patos.
b. el margen
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The hedgerows and grass verges were full of wild flowers.Los setos y los márgenes del césped estaban llenos de flores silvestres.
c. los confines
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The woodcutter lived in a hut on the verge of the forest.El leñador vivía en una choza en los confines del bosque.
3. (berm) (United Kingdom)
a. el arcén
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The truck skidded and mounted the verge.El camión patinó y se metió en el arcén.
b. el borde
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A broken-down car had been abandoned on the verge of the road.Un auto averiado había sido abandonado al borde de la carretera.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to be almost the same as; used with "on")
a. rayar en
Her shrill accusations were verging on the hysterical.Sus estridentes acusaciones rayaban en la histeria.
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verge
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (edge)
a. el borde m, margen
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (of road) (United Kingdom)
a. el borde
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
3. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
on the verge of…al borde de…
4. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to be on the verge of doing somethingestar a punto de hacer algo
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verge [vɜːdʒ]
noun
1 [of road] borde (m); [of motorway] arcén (m)
2 borde (m); margen (m)
to be on the verge of disaster/a nervous breakdown estar al borde de la catástrofe/de una crisis nerviosa; we are on the verge of war estamos al borde de la guerra; to be on the verge of a great discovery estar en la antesala de un gran descubrimiento; she was on the verge of tears estaba a punto de llorar; to be on the verge of doing sth estar a punto or al borde de hacer algo
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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