Definition of borrow
1a : to receive with the implied or expressed intention of returning the same or an equivalent borrow a book from the library borrowed a dollar borrowing a cup of sugar from a neighborb finance : to borrow (money) with the intention of returning the same plus interest (see 1interest 2a) borrow money from the bank
3 mathematics : 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 The English word ḇentrepreneurḡ was borrowed from French.
5 dialect : lend Borrow me your pencil.
: to borrow something borrows heavily from Nietzsche
borrowerplay \-ə-wər\ noun
: 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.
Recent Examples of borrow from the Web
Atop the absolute must-do list is raising that borrowing cap, or debt limit.
Faced with dire financial circumstances during the Spanish recession that started in 2008, Barcelona transit officials opted to borrow more money rather than cut service that could dampen ridership in the long-term.
Easy borrowing conditions will nurture the economy's expansion, which completes eight years this month, and underpin a healthy pace of job openings and hiring.
Offshore rate jumps to six-month high as borrowing costs surge Strategists rush to lift their forecasts after fixing change China is dishing out a tough lesson to currency traders and strategists alike: don’t bet against the yuan.
Since 2011, the church has borrowed hundreds of thousands of dollars from the diocese and a bank to keep the school and church operating.
The first tranche of borrowing that All Aboard Florida did was $405 million.
To build the multi-use center, the city borrowed $15.3 million through a 30-year bond on Dec. 29, 2015.
Now, Moody’s says, China will have to borrow more and more to maintain the levels of economic growth the government wants.
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Definition of Borrow
George Henry 1803–1881 English author
BORROW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of borrow for English Language Learners
: 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
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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