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"edge" in British English

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edgenoun

uk   us   /edʒ/

edge noun (OUTER POINT)

B1 [C] the ​outer or ​furthestpoint of something: He put ​pinkicing 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 ​smallboy. I ​caught (= ​hit) my ​leg on the edge of the ​table as I ​walked past.
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edge noun (BLADE)

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

edge noun (ALMOST)

[C usually singular] the ​point just before something very different and ​noticeablehappens: The ​company is on the edge ofcollapse. The ​government had brought the ​country to the edge of a ​catastrophe.push/drive sb over the edge informal If an ​unpleasanteventpushes 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 ​noticeableamount 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.

edgeverb [I or T, + adv/prep]

uk   us   /edʒ/
to ​moveslowly with ​gradualmovements or in ​gradualstages, or to make someone or something ​move in this way: A ​longline of ​traffic edged its wayforward. Inflation has edged up to five ​percent over the last two ​years. Those who ​disagreed with the CEO's ​viewpoint were ​gradually edged out of (= ​forced to ​leave) the ​company.
(Definition of edge from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"edge" in American English

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edgenoun

 us   /edʒ/

edge noun (OUTER POINT)

[C] the ​outer or ​farthestpoint of something: the edge of a ​cliff/​table They ​walked down to the water’s edge. fig. Hitchcock’s ​films often ​keptmoviegoers at the edge of ​theirseats (= ​kept them ​eagerlyinterested).

edge noun (LIMIT)

[C usually sing] a ​point beyond which something ​unpleasant or very ​noticeable is ​likely to ​happen: It was ​reported that the ​company is on the edge of ​collapse. The ​loss of his ​jobalmostpushed him over the edge.

edge noun (BLADE)

[C] the ​side of a ​blade that ​cuts, or any ​sharppart of an ​object: Careful with that ​open can – it’s got a very ​sharp edge.

edge noun (ADVANTAGE)

[U] an ​advantage: Because of her ​experience she has the edge over the other ​applicants.

edge noun (NERVOUS CONDITION)

on edge If you are on edge, you are ​nervous and not ​relaxed: Carly ​seemed on edge while her ​family was away.

edgeverb [always + adv/prep]

 us   /edʒ/

edge verb [always + adv/prep] (MOVE)

to move ​slowly with ​gradualmovements or in ​gradualstages: [T] A ​longline of ​traffic edged ​its way ​forward. [I] Inflation has ​begun to edge up during the last six ​months.
(Definition of edge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"EDGE" in Business English

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EDGEnoun [S]

uk   us   COMMUNICATIONS, IT
a ​technicalsystem that ​allowspeople to ​access large ​amounts of ​data on the ​internet at high ​speeds without using ​wires

edgenoun

uk   us   /edʒ/
get/gain/have an edge (over/on sb/sth) to get or have an ​advantage in a particular ​situation: Internetbanks may have the edge over their old-technology ​rivals when it comes to ​charges and ​rates, but they are not immune from ​complaints.
give sb an edge (over/on sb/sth) to give someone an ​advantage in a particular ​situation: A ​consortium of private-equity ​investors gave the ​group the edge in the ​competition to ​acquire MGM.
lose your edge to no ​longer have an ​advantage that you used to have: Over the ​years, Germany to some extent ​lost its edge as a ​manufacturingbase because of ​cheaperwages in Eastern ​Europe.
be on the edge of sth to nearly be in a particular ​situation, or to be ​close to ​achieving something: Scientists hope we are on the edge of a new and ​greenereconomy.
push sb/sth over the edge to put someone or something into a difficult or dangerous ​situation: As the ​number of ​houserepossessions and ​bankruptciesincreases, those already ​struggling with ​debt could be ​pushed over the edge.

edgeverb [I or T]

uk   us   /edʒ/
edge (sth) down/lower to get less or ​lower by a ​smallamount, or to make something do this: Sales edged down from $1.775 ​billion to $1.772 ​billion in the fourth ​quarter.
edge (sth) up/higher to ​increase by a ​smallamount, or to make something do this: There is still some nervousness that US ​authorities might ​try to edge up ​interestrates to ​support the ​dollar after its recent ​falls.
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(Definition of EDGE from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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