borrow

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verb bor·row \ˈbär-(ˌ)ō, ˈbȯr-\

Definition of borrow

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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. 2a :  to appropriate for one's own use borrow a metaphor from Shakespeareb :  derive, adopt traditions borrowed from African polytheism

  4. 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

  5. 4 :  to adopt into one language from another The English word ḇentrepreneurḡ was borrowed from French.

  6. 5 dialect :  lend Borrow me your pencil.

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to borrow something borrows heavily from Nietzsche

borrower

play \-ə-wər\ noun

borrow trouble

  1. :  to do something unnecessarily that may result in adverse reaction or repercussions

Examples of borrow in a Sentence

  1. The twins often borrow each other's clothes.

  2. I'm borrowing a friend's car for the weekend.

  3. He borrowed the book from the library.

  4. Will you see if we can borrow a cup of sugar from the neighbors?

  5. She borrowed $20 from me.

  6. The speech was peppered with phrases borrowed from Winston Churchill.

  7. 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


Borrow

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biographical name Bor·row \ˈbär-(ˌ)ō\

Definition of Borrow

  1. George Henry 1803–1881 English author



BORROW Defined for English Language Learners

borrow

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verb bor·row \ˈbär-(ˌ)ō, ˈbȯr-\

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

borrow

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verb bor·row \ˈbär-ō\

Definition of borrow for Students

borrowed

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borrowing

  1. 1 :  to take and use something with the promise of returning it Can I borrow your pen?

  2. 2 :  to use something begun or thought up by another :  adopt borrow an idea

  3. 3 :  to adopt into one language from another Many English words are borrowed from French.

borrower

\ˈbär-ə-wər\ noun

Law Dictionary

borrow

transitive verb bor·row

Legal Definition of borrow

  1. :  to take or receive temporarily; specifically :  to receive (money) with the intention of returning the same plus interest

borrower

noun


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