Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “edge”

edge

noun uk   /edʒ/ us  

edge noun (OUTER POINT)

B1 [C] the outer or furthest point of something: He'd piped fresh cream around the edge of the cake. They built the church on the edge of the village. A man was standing at the water's edge with a small boy. I caught (= hit) my leg on the edge of the table as I walked past.

edge noun (BLADE)

B2 [C] the side of a blade that cuts, or any sharp part of an object that could cut: Careful with that open tin - it's got a very sharp edge.

edge noun (ALMOST)

[C usually singular] the point just before something very different and noticeable happens: The company is on the edge of collapse. The government had brought the country to the edge of a catastrophe. push/drive sb over the edge informal If an unpleasant event pushes someone over the edge, it makes them start to behave in a crazy way: She had been driven over the edge by the separation from her husband.

edge noun (ADVANTAGE)

C2 [S] an advantage over other people: In terms of experience, she definitely had the edge over the other people that we interviewed.

edge noun (ANGER/NERVOUSNESS)

[U] a small but noticeable amount of anger in someone's voice: There's a definite edge to/in her voice when she talks to her husband. on edge C2 nervous and not relaxed: Is something wrong? You seem a bit on edge this morning.

edge

verb [I or T, + adv/prep] uk   /edʒ/ us  
to move slowly with gradual movements or in gradual stages, or to make someone or something move in this way: A long line of traffic edged its way forward. Inflation has edged up to five percent over the last two years. Those who disagreed with the director's viewpoint were gradually edged out of (= forced to leave) the company.
(Definition of edge from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of edge?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Advantage and disadvantage, but you might be interested in these topics from the Chance and possibility topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “edge” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

first:

(a person or thing) coming before all others in order, time, amount, quality, or importance

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More