Definition of “bridge” - English Dictionary

“bridge” in British English

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uk /brɪdʒ/ us /brɪdʒ/

bridge noun (LARGE STRUCTURE)

A2 [ C ] a structure that is built over a river, road, or railway to allow people and vehicles to cross from one side to the other:

We drove across/over the bridge.
the Brooklyn Bridge

C2 [ C usually singular ] something that makes it easier to make a change from one situation to another:

Part-time work can provide a bridge between staying at home and working full-time.

More examples

  • The island is joined to the mainland by a road bridge.
  • The children ran down the bank, over the bridge and along the path.
  • They're building a new bridge across the river.
  • A row of reinforced concrete pillars supports the bridge.
  • The new railway bridge is an incredible sight to behold.

bridgeverb [ T ]

uk /brɪdʒ/ us /brɪdʒ/

(Definition of “bridge” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“bridge” in American English

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us /brɪdʒ/

bridge noun (LARGE STRUCTURE)

[ C ] a structure that is built over a river, road, or railroad to allow people and vehicles to cross from one side to the other:

We drove across the bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

bridge noun (NOSE)

[ C usually sing ] the top part of the nose, between the eyes, or the piece on a pair of glasses that is supported by the top part of the nose:

He rubbed the bridge of his nose.


[ C ] a small piece of wood on a musical instrument, such as a guitar or violin, over which strings are stretched

bridge noun (TEETH)

[ C ] also bridgework, /ˈbrɪdʒˌwɜrk/ a piece of material that keeps artificial teeth in place by being fastened to the natural teeth

bridge noun (PART OF A SHIP)

[ C ] the raised part of a ship on which the captain and other officers stand and from where they control the movement of the ship

bridge noun (GAME)

[ U ] a card game for four players who play in two pairs and try to win the cards they say they will win

bridgeverb [ T ]

us /brɪdʒ/

bridge verb [ T ] (BUILD OVER )

to build or form a bridge over something:

The shopping complex bridges a highway.

If a difference is bridged, it is made smaller:

Swing music bridged the gap between popular and classical music.

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

“bridge” in Business English

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uk /brɪdʒ/ us UK usually bridging

FINANCE relating to money that is borrowed for a short period of time, until money is available for a longer period:

bridge fund/finance/financing A group of loyal donors pledged a bridge fund of $20 million to the orchestra.

(Definition of “bridge” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)