Definition of “border” - English Dictionary

“border” in British English

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bordernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbɔː.dər/ us /ˈbɔːr.dɚ/

border noun [ C ] (DIVISION)

B1 the line that divides one country from another:

Were you stopped at the border?
The train crosses 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 delicate lace border.
a picture with a decorative/plain border

a narrow strip of ground around a garden, usually planted with flowers:

to weed/plant the borders

borderverb

uk /ˈbɔː.dər/ us /ˈbɔːr.dɚ/

border verb (BE NEXT TO)

[ T ] to be next to and have a border with another country:

Swaziland borders South Africa and Mozambique.
bordering
adjective uk /ˈbɔː.də.rɪŋ/ us /ˈbɔːr.dɚ.ɪŋ/

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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 forms part 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 pretty design 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.

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(Definition of “border” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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