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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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