brink Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “brink” in the English Dictionary

"brink" in British English

See all translations

brinknoun [S]

uk   us   /brɪŋk/
C2 the ​point where a new or different ​situation is about to ​begin: Extreme ​stress had ​driven him to the brink of a ​nervousbreakdown. Scientists are on the brink of (= ​extremelyclose to) a ​major new ​discovery. literary the ​edge of a cliff or other high ​area: She was ​standingright on the brink of the ​gorge.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of brink from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"brink" in American English

See all translations

brinknoun [U]

 us   /brɪŋk/
the ​edge of a ​cliff or other high ​area, or the ​point at which something good or ​bad will ​happen: The ​company was on the brink of ​collapse.
(Definition of brink from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"brink" in Business English

See all translations

brinknoun [S]

uk   us   /brɪŋk/
the ​point where a new, different, or dangerous ​situation is about to begin: the brink of collapse/bankruptcy/disaster Debt ​crisisled many ​companies to the brink of ​bankruptcy. They seem to be teetering on the brink of a ​majorcrisis. Right now the ​company is poised on the brink of ​success.
(Definition of brink from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of brink?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

float

a large vehicle with a flat surface that is decorated and used in festivals

Word of the Day

PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
by Colin McIntosh,
February 09, 2016
New words are entering the language all the time. A few of these are completely new and original coinages, but the vast majority are based on the existing stock of words in some way, for example by using affixes (prefixes and suffixes). These can have the effect of changing the meaning of the

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More