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noun [countable] border pronunciation in American English /ˈbɔrdər/
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  1. 1
    the official line separating two countries or states
    border between: the border between Texas and Mexico
    border with: Argentina’s northern border with Bolivia
    across/over the border: Thousands of refugees were fleeing across the border.
    cross the border: You can’t cross the border without a passport.
    close/seal a border: Troops have sealed the border in an effort to catch the guerrillas.
    1. a.
      the area close to a border
      on the border: a town on the Canadian border
    2. b.
      [only before noun] close to or relating to a border
      border guards
      the border town of Venlo
      border disputes between neighboring countries
  2. 2
    a band or pattern around the edge of something, especially for decoration
    cotton sheets with a lace border
  3. 4
    the land around the edge of something
    Rushes grew on the borders of the lake.


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