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noun edge pronunciation in American English /edʒ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] the part of something that is farthest from its center
    Bring the two edges together and fasten them securely.
    edge of: A new mall is to be built on the edge of town.
    Victoria was sitting on the edge of the bed.
  2. 2
    [countable] the sharp side of a blade or tool that is used for cutting things
    the knife’s edge
  3. 3
    [singular] an advantage that makes someone or something more successful than other people or things
    give someone/something an/the edge over /someone/something: Training can give you the edge over your competitors.
  4. 4
    [singular] a strange quality that something such as a piece of music or a book has that makes it interesting or exciting
    There is an edge to his new album that wasn’t there in the last one.
  5. 5
    [singular] a quality in the way that someone speaks that shows they are becoming angry or upset
    edge to/in: Had she imagined the slight edge in his voice?



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