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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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Borrow Sample Sentences in News


  • Italy’s Top Banks Said Seeking Up to $36 Billion From ECB
    Italy’s four biggest banks are seeking to borrow as much as 27 billion euros ($36 billion) in the European Central Bank’s first auction of cheap cash designed to boost loans to companies and individuals, according to people with knowledge of the plans. Read more on this news related to 'Borrow'
  • Detroit to borrow $275 million to exit bankruptcy
    The city of Detroit said Thursday it had secured a way to obtain $275 million in exit financing through Barclays Capital Inc. to help the city emerge from municipal bankruptcy protection. Read more on this news related to 'Borrow'
  • Mayor Alvin Brown's borrowing plan likely to come under scrutiny by council committee
    After several delays, Mayor Alvin Brown's plan to borrow $235 million next year could be examined - and possibly cut - on Friday by a Jacksonville City Council committee wary to increase city debt. Read more on this news related to 'Borrow'

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