Simple Definition of borrow
: to take and use (something that belongs to someone else) for a period of time before returning it
: to take and use up (something) with the promise to give back something of equal value
: to use (an idea, saying, etc.) that was thought up by someone else
Full Definition of borrow
1 a : to receive with the implied or expressed intention of returning the same or an equivalent <borrow a book> <borrowed a dollar> b : to borrow (money) with the intention of returning the same plus interest
3 : to take (one) from a digit of the minuend in arithmetical subtraction in order to add as 10 to the digit holding the next lower place
4 : to adopt into one language from another
5 dial : lend
: to borrow something
: to do something unnecessarily that may result in adverse reaction or repercussions
Examples of borrow in a sentence
The twins often borrow each other's clothes.
I'm borrowing a friend's car for the weekend.
He borrowed the book from the library.
Will you see if we can borrow a cup of sugar from the neighbors?
She borrowed $20 from me.
The speech was peppered with phrases borrowed from Winston Churchill.
She borrowed the technique from local artisans.
Origin of borrow
Middle English borwen, from Old English borgian; akin to Old English beorgan to preserve — more at bury
First Known Use: before 12th century
Rhymes with borrow
Definition of Borrow
George Henry 1803–1881 Eng. author
BORROW Defined for Kids
Definition of borrow for Students
1 : to take and use something with the promise of returning it <Can I borrow your pen?>
2 : to use something begun or thought up by another : adopt <borrow an idea>
3 : to adopt into one language from another <Many English words are borrowed from French.>
Legal Definition of borrow
: to take or receive temporarily; specifically : to receive (money) with the intention of returning the same plus interest
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