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marginnoun [C]

 us   /ˈmɑr·dʒɪn/

margin noun [C] (BORDER)

the ​border of ​emptyspace around the written or ​printedtext on a ​page: She was in the ​habit of making ​notes in the margins of her ​textbooks.

margin noun [C] (AMOUNT/DEGREE)

the ​amount or ​degree of ​difference between a ​higheramount and a ​loweramount: He was reelected by a ​wide margin. A margin for ​error is the ​amount by which you can make a ​mistake without risking ​completefailure: There is no margin for ​error – it’s got to ​work the first ​time. A margin of ​error is the ​degree to which a ​calculation can be ​wrong without ​changing how ​accurate the ​finalresult is: The ​poll had a margin of ​error of ​plus or ​minus 4%.
(Definition of margin from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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uk   /ˈmɑː.dʒɪn/  us   /ˈmɑːr-/

margin noun (DIFFERENCE)

C2 [C] the ​amount by which one thing is different from another: The Senate ​approved the use of ​militaryforce by a margin of 52 ​votes to 47. The ​pollshows that the ​government is ​leading by the narrowest of margins.
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margin noun (PROFIT)

C2 [C or U] the ​profit made on a ​product or ​service: Our ​increasedprofits are ​due to improved margins and ​successfulcostcontrol. Using ​cheaplabourincreases profit margin.

margin noun (OUTER PART)

C2 [C] the ​emptyspace to the ​side of the ​text on a ​page, sometimes ​separated from the ​rest of the ​page by a ​verticalline: If I have any ​comments to make, I'll write them in the margin. [C] the ​outeredge of an ​area: The ​planttends to ​grow in the ​lighter margins of ​woodlandareas.on the margins of sth If someone is on the margins of a ​group of ​people, they are ​part of that ​group, but different in ​importantways, and if someone is on the margins of an ​activity, they are only ​slightlyinvolved: He ​spent the 1980s on the margins of British ​politics. We need to ​reach out to those on the margins of society.
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margin noun (POSSIBILITY)

[C or U] something that makes a ​particular thing ​possible, such as an ​extraamount of ​money, ​time, etc. ​allowed that makes it ​possible to ​deal with an ​emergency: There is not much margin forcreativity in a ​job like this. They ​allow an ​additional safety margin of five ​minutes between ​planes taking off.
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"margin" in Business English

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marginnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈmɑːdʒɪn/
the ​amount by which one thing is more or less than another: by a margin of sth The ​presidentwon the ​election by a tiny margin.a wide/large/comfortable margin They are the largest ​buildingsociety by a comfortable margin. a narrow/​small/​slim margina 40-vote/5-point/2-to-1, etc. margin On the New York Stock Exchange, ​declinesoutpacedgainers by a 4-3 margin. Kennedy's margin of victory was only 719,000.
ACCOUNTING, COMMERCE the difference between the ​totalcost of making and ​selling something and the ​price it is ​sold for: a low/poor margin Intense ​competitionleads to ​lowerprices and margins.a high/good margin They wanted to ​producehigher margin ​products.a margin on sth The ​company will make a whopping 80% margin on this ​sale. Our ​increasedprofits are ​due to improved margins.
BANKING the difference between the ​amount of a ​loan and the ​value of the collateral (= ​property to be given to the ​lender if the ​money is not ​paid back): The ​risk of ​defaultneeds to be correctly ​priced in the bank's loan margins.
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET money, ​shares, etc. that a ​client gives to a broker to ​hold, that ​protect the ​broker from ​loss on a ​contract
on margin FINANCE If you ​buyshares on margin, you ​borrowmoney in ​order to do this: Executives ​boughtstocks on margin, putting up ​cash for only 10 ​percent of the ​purchaseprice.
(Definition of margin from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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