Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “border on something”

border on something

phrasal verb with border    /ˈbɔr·dər/ verb
to be almost a certain thing or quality: The team succeeded in a feat considered to border on the impossible.
(Definition of border on something from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of border on something

Word of the Day

altruistic

showing a wish to help or bring advantages to others, even if it results in disadvantage for yourself

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More