brink Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “brink” in the English Dictionary

"brink" in British English

See all translations

brinknoun [S]

uk   /brɪŋk/ 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 nervous breakdown. Scientists are on the brink of (= extremely close to) a major new discovery.
literary the edge of a cliff or other high area: She was standing right 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   /brɪŋk/ us  
the point where a new, different, or dangerous situation is about to begin: the brink of collapse/bankruptcy/disaster Debt crisis led many companies to the brink of bankruptcy. They seem to be teetering on the brink of a major crisis. 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
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

sunburned

Sunburned skin has become red and sore by being in the strong heat of the sun for too long, or is very suntanned.

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More