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[vurj] /vɜrdʒ/
verb (used without object), verged, verging.
1.
to incline; tend (usually followed by to or toward):
The economy verges toward inflation.
2.
to slope or sink.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin vergere to turn, bend, be inclined
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verge1

/vɜːdʒ/
noun
1.
an edge or rim; margin
2.
a limit beyond which something occurs; brink: on the verge of ecstasy
3.
(Brit) a grass border along a road
4.
an enclosing line, belt, or strip
5.
(architect) the edge of the roof tiles projecting over a gable
6.
(architect) the shaft of a classical column
7.
an enclosed space
8.
(horology) the spindle of a balance wheel in a vertical escapement, found only in very early clocks
9.
(English legal history)
  1. the area encompassing the royal court that is subject to the jurisdiction of the Lord High Steward
  2. a rod or wand carried as a symbol of office or emblem of authority, as in the Church
  3. a rod held by a person swearing fealty to his lord on becoming a tenant, esp of copyhold land
verb
10.
(intransitive) foll by on. to be near (to): to verge on chaos
11.
when intr, sometimes foll by on. to serve as the edge of (something): this narrow strip verges the road
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Latin virga rod

verge2

/vɜːdʒ/
verb
1.
(intransitive; foll by to or towards) to move or incline in a certain direction
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vergere
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Word Origin and History for verge to

verge

n.

"edge, rim," mid-15c., from Middle French verge "rod or wand of office," hence "scope, territory dominated," from Latin virga "shoot, rod stick," of unknown origin. Earliest attested sense in English is now-obsolete meaning "male member, penis" (c.1400). Modern sense is from the notion of within the verge (c.1500, also as Anglo-French dedeinz la verge), i.e. "subject to the Lord High Steward's authority" (as symbolized by the rod of office), originally a 12-mile radius round the king's court. Sense shifted to "the outermost edge of an expanse or area." Meaning "point at which something happens" (as in on the verge of) is first attested c.1600. "A very curious sense development." [Weekley]

v.

"tend, incline," c.1600, from Latin vergere "to bend, turn, tend toward, incline," from PIE *werg- "to turn," from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). Much influenced by verge (n.) in its verbal form meaning "to be adjacent to" (1787). Related: Verged; verging.

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verge to in Medicine

verge (vûrj)
n.
The extreme edge or margin; a border.

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verge

In addition to the idiom beginning with verge also see: on the verge of
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