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 neighbor>b 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.
Origin and Etymology 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
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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