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marginnoun [C]

 us   /ˈmɑr·dʒɪn/
  • margin noun [C] (BORDER)

the border of empty space around the written or printed text 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 higher amount and a lower amount: He was reelected by a wide margin.
A margin for error is the amount by which you can make a mistake without risking complete failure: 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 final result 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)







"margin" in British English

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marginnoun

uk   /ˈmɑː.dʒɪn/  us   /ˈmɑːr.dʒɪn/
  • margin noun (DIFFERENCE)

C2 [C] the amount by which one thing is different from another: The Senate approved the use of military force by a margin of 52 votes to 47. The poll shows 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 increased profits are due to improved margins and successful cost control. Using cheap labour increases profit margin.
  • margin noun (OUTER PART)

C2 [C] the empty space to the side of the text on a page, sometimes separated from the rest of the page by a vertical line: If I have any comments to make, I'll write them in the margin.
[C] the outer edge of an area: The plant tends to grow in the lighter margins of woodland areas.
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 important ways, and if someone is on the margins of an activity, they are only slightly involved: 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 extra amount of money, time, etc. allowed that makes it possible to deal with an emergency: There is not much margin for creativity in a job like this. They allow an additional safety margin of five minutes between planes taking off.
(Definition of margin from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"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 president won the election by a tiny margin.a wide/large/comfortable margin They are the largest building society by a comfortable margin. a narrow/small/slim margina 40-vote/5-point/2-to-1, etc. margin On the New York Stock Exchange, declines outpaced gainers by a 4-3 margin. Kennedy's margin of victory was only 719,000.
ACCOUNTING, COMMERCE the difference between the total cost of making and selling something and the price it is sold for: a low/poor margin Intense competition leads to lower prices and margins.a high/good margin They wanted to produce higher margin products.a margin on sth The company will make a whopping 80% margin on this sale. Our increased profits 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 default needs 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 buy shares on margin, you borrow money in order to do this: Executives bought stocks on margin, putting up cash for only 10 per cent of the purchase price.
(Definition of margin from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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