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Borrow Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    borrow v
  1. get temporarily; "May I borrow your lawn mower?" [ant: lend]
  2. take up and practice as one's own [syn: adopt, take over, take up]
Borrow Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Borrow \Bor"row\, n.
  1. Something deposited as security; a pledge; a surety; a hostage. [Obs.] Ye may retain as borrows my two priests. --Sir W. Scott.
  2. The act of borrowing. [Obs.] Of your royal presence I'll adventure The borrow of a week. --Shak.
Borrow Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Borrow \Bor"row\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Borrowed; p. pr. & vb. n. Borrowing.] [OE. borwen, AS. borgian, fr. borg, borh, pledge; akin to D. borg, G. borg; prob. fr. root of AS. beorgan to protect. ?9
  1. See 1st Borough.]
  2. To receive from another as a loan, with the implied or expressed intention of returning the identical article or its equivalent in kind; -- the opposite of lend.
  3. (Arith.) To take (one or more) from the next higher denomination in order to add it to the next lower; -- a term of subtraction when the figure of the subtrahend is larger than the corresponding one of the minuend.
  4. To copy or imitate; to adopt; as, to borrow the style, manner, or opinions of another. Rites borrowed from the ancients. --Macaulay. It is not hard for any man, who hath a Bible in his hands, to borrow good words and holy sayings in abundance; but to make them his own is a work of grace only from above. --Milton.
  5. To feign or counterfeit. ``Borrowed hair.'' --Spenser. The borrowed majesty of England. --Shak.
  6. To receive; to take; to derive. Any drop thou borrowedst from thy mother. --Shak. To borrow trouble, to be needlessly troubled; to be overapprehensive.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Borrow'


  • Borrow: Borrow or borrowing can mean: to receive (something) from somebody temporarily, expecting to return it. In finance, monetary debt ...
  • Borrow pit: A borrow pit, also known as a sand box, is a term used in construction and civil engineering . at another location Borrow pits can be found ...
  • George Borrow: George Henry Borrow (5 July 1803 – 26 July 1881) was an English author who wrote novels and travelogues based on his own experiences ...
  • David Borrow: David Stanley Borrow (born 2 August 1952) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Ribble ...
  • Chester Borrows: Kerry James "Chester" Borrows (born 1957) is a New Zealand politician. Early years: Borrows initially worked as a police officer , and later ...

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* Acquaintance, n. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. - Ambrose Bierce

* To read means to borrow to create out of one's readings is paying off one's debts. - G. C. Lichtenberg

* We do not inherit the land, we borrow it from our children. - American Indian Proverb


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  • Rockets' Howard lets Parsons borrow his Ferrari
    The playoffs usually bring out the best in people, and Dwight Howard is definetely following that trend. Read more on this news related to 'Borrow'
  • Borrow Smart Alabama says anti-consumer database legislation dies in Senate
    MONTGOMERY, Ala., April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Borrow Smart Alabama, an industry group comprised of short-term lenders, said hard-working Alabamians who depend on payday credit in emergencies or to make ends meet will benefit from the state Senate's refusal to pass anti-consumer, anti-business database legislation. The legislation in the Senate, called HB 145 Read more on this news related to 'Borrow'
  • Coldwater Creek Wins Approval of Bankruptcy Loan
    Coldwater Creek Inc. (CWTR) won court approval to borrow $42 million to finance operations while the women’s clothing retailer prepares for going-out-of-business sales at its more than 370 stores. Read more on this news related to 'Borrow'

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