What does borrow mean?

Definitions for borrow
ˈbɒr oʊ, ˈbɔr oʊbor·row

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word borrow.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. borrow(verb)

    get temporarily

    "May I borrow your lawn mower?"

  2. adopt, borrow, take over, take up(verb)

    take up and practice as one's own

Webster Dictionary

  1. Borrow(verb)

    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

  2. Borrow(verb)

    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

  3. Borrow(verb)

    to copy or imitate; to adopt; as, to borrow the style, manner, or opinions of another

  4. Borrow(verb)

    to feign or counterfeit

  5. Borrow(verb)

    to receive; to take; to derive

  6. Borrow(noun)

    something deposited as security; a pledge; a surety; a hostage

  7. Borrow(noun)

    the act of borrowing

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Borrow

    bor′ō, v.t. to obtain on loan or trust: to adopt from a foreign source: to derive one's authority from another (with from, of).—p.adj. Borr′owed, taken on loan, counterfeit, assumed.—n. Borr′ower.—Borrowing days, the last three days of March (O.S.), supposed in Scotch folklore to have been borrowed by March from April, and to be especially stormy. [A.S. borgianborg, borh, a pledge, security.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. BORROW

    v. t., to swap hot air for cold coin.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'borrow' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2002

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'borrow' in Verbs Frequency: #563

How to pronounce borrow?

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How to say borrow in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of borrow in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of borrow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of borrow in a Sentence

  1. Enrico Dini:

    We are now waiting (for) permission to borrow the printer (from the military), if I had another printer I'd send it there tomorrow, but unfortunately we don't have and must wait.

  2. Betsy DeVos:

    We are not doing our children any favors when we borrow from their future in order to invest in systems and policies that are not yielding better results.

  3. Daniel Henn:

    Borrow the money from the bank or credit cards, or even family or friends, you generally don’t want the federal government as a creditor.

  4. Tom Mangan:

    You'll see these kinds of deals continue to be announced since money is so cheap right now that you can borrow all you need to make them happen.

  5. Beth Gamel:

    If you can start talking in those terms to someone looking to borrow, the borrower will see this as a business arrangement at extremely favorable rates.

Images & Illustrations of borrow

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