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
In that case, the funds borrowed from a bank to construct a building with space for additional tenants.
Fast and nimble with a distinctive trimaran hull borrowed from racing yachts and commercial ferries, the Giffords can be configured to handle anti-submarine and anti-mine operations.
The introduction of a goods and services tax on July 1 only added to the confusion while a glut of bad loans means businesses are not borrowing to invest in Asia’s third-largest economy.
Donald Trump’s campaign for president seemed to vacillate between, to borrow Hunter S. Thompson’s dichotomy, being too weird to live and too rare to die.
Not to borrow trouble, but what if these guys decide that the president's son—or, god forbid, the president himself—have become as inconvenient as Sergei Magnitsky was.
Their mantra, borrowed from the World Health Organization, is that there is no scientific evidence that the disease can infect humans.
ROAM, like FlyFit's Heathrow facility, has a slew of classes, machines, showers, and even LULU apparel to borrow.
Borrow them for your own special day, or share them with a friend who's planning to tie the knot.
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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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