Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

edge - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb edge pronunciation in American English /edʒ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleedging
past tenseedged
past participleedged
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move somewhere slowly, carefully, and with small movements, or to make something do this
    edge toward/away/along etc.: I looked over and saw Michael edging toward the door.
    She edged the car out into the street.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] mainly journalism if a number or price edges higher or lower, it moves up or down a little at a time
    edge up/higher/down/lower: Food prices edged up by 0.2 percent in November.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to form the edge of something, or to put something around the edge of another thing
    A breeze shook the tall trees that edged the lawn.
  4. 4
    [transitive] American to beat someone by a small amount in a sport or competition
    In Monday’s games, the Dodgers edged the Mets 2–1.

phrasal verbs


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog