bridge Definition

  • 1a structure built to span a physical obstacle, such as a body of water, valley, or road, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle
  • 2something that connects two things or places
  • 3a card game derived from whist, played by two partnerships of two players who bid for the right to name the trump suit

Using bridge: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "bridge" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic landmark in San Francisco.

  • Example

    The bridge between the two cultures was difficult to establish.

  • Example

    Let's play a game of bridge after dinner.

bridge Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using bridge

  • to reduce or eliminate the differences between two things or groups


    The new program aims to bridge the gap between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • to do something that makes it impossible to return to a previous situation, often with negative consequences


    By quitting without notice, he was burning bridges behind himself and making it difficult to find another job.

  • build bridges

    to establish connections or relationships between people or groups


    The organization aims to build bridges between different communities through cultural exchange programs.

Phrases with bridge

  • burn one's bridges

    to do something that makes it impossible to return to a previous situation


    He burned his bridges with his former employer when he quit without notice.

  • to deal with a problem if and when it becomes necessary, not before


    I'm not sure how we'll pay for college, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

  • past events that are no longer important or relevant


    We had our disagreements in the past, but that's all water under the bridge now.

Origins of bridge

from Old English 'brycg', meaning 'a bridge'


Summary: bridge in Brief

A 'bridge' [brij] is a structure that spans a physical obstacle, connecting two places. It can also refer to a card game played by two partnerships. Phrases like 'burn one's bridges' and 'water under the bridge' describe past events that are no longer relevant, while 'cross that bridge when one comes to it' means to deal with a problem when necessary. Idioms like 'bridge the gap' and 'build bridges' describe efforts to connect people or groups.

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