What does borrow mean?

Definitions for borrow
ˈbɒr oʊ, ˈbɔr oʊbor·row

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. borrowverb

    get temporarily

    "May I borrow your lawn mower?"

  2. adopt, borrow, take over, take upverb

    take up and practice as one's own

Webster Dictionary

  1. Borrowverb

    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. Borrowverb

    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. Borrowverb

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

  4. Borrowverb

    to feign or counterfeit

  5. Borrowverb

    to receive; to take; to derive

  6. Borrownoun

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

  7. Borrownoun

    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.

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  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

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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. Lisa Rinna:

    That was a very terrible rumor. I would never borrow money from anybody, erika did not give me a dime.

  2. Emmanuel Cau:

    There has been an increase in capex intentions, being one of the reasons why corporates want to borrow more ... You are seeing more buybacks and more mergers, so capex is less visible, but we are seeing it move higher as well.

  3. Amelia Landers:

    I think that will take the lead, we are testing a number of different [ borrow-a-cup ] programs around the globe.

  4. Martin Kaymer:

    Eddie hit his shots to the green, then came over to tell us he had run out of balls, then he walked off. I thought he lost four or five. We are about 80 percentsure it was five, 20 percentfour. He was quick, so it was hard to keep track. He did not ask if he could borrow one from me or George. It did not look like he wanted to play. He did not putt with his putter on the third hole; he putted with a wedge. So there was a lot happening.

  5. Evan Esar:

    Most new books are forgotten within a year, especially by those who borrow them.

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