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Meaning of “border” in the English Dictionary

"border" in British English

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bordernoun [C]

uk   /bɔː.dər/  us   /ˈbɔːr.dɚ/
  • border noun [C] (DIVISION)

B1 the ​line that ​divides one ​country from another: Were you ​stopped at the border? The ​traincrosses the border between France and Spain. The two ​countries have had ​frequent border ​disputes.

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  • border noun [C] (EDGE)

a ​strip that goes around or along the ​edge of something, often as ​decoration: The ​dress was ​white with a ​delicatelace border. a ​picture with a ​decorative/​plain border a ​narrowstrip of ​ground around a ​garden, usually ​planted with ​flowers: to ​weed/​plant the borders

borderverb

uk   /bɔː.dər/  us   /ˈbɔːr.dɚ/
  • border verb (BE NEXT TO)

[T] to be next to and have a border with another ​country: Swaziland borders ​SouthAfrica and Mozambique.
bordering
adjective uk   us   /-ɪŋ/
bordering ​countries/​counties
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(Definition of border from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"border" in American English

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bordernoun [C]

 us   /ˈbɔr·dər/
  • border noun [C] (DIVISION)

(also borderline) the ​line that ​divides one ​country or ​place from another: The Rio Grande ​formspart of the US border.
  • border noun [C] (EDGE)

a ​strip that goes around or along the ​edge of something, or the ​edge itself: The ​card has a ​prettydesign around the border.

borderverb

 us   /ˈbɔr·dər/
  • border verb (BE NEXT TO)

[I/T] to be next to another ​country or ​place: [T] Guatemala borders Mexico. [I] Wisconsin borders on Illinois.
  • border verb (FORM EDGE)

[T] to ​form a ​strip along the ​edge of something: The ​road borders the ​coast for several ​miles.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of border from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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