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. Ralf Dommermuth:

    There's a difference between being a tenant and an owner, if I'm a tenant, then I pay rent every month. If I'm an owner, then I must invest. If I invest, I can borrow but I also need to put in my own money.

  2. Thornton:

    I do borrow from other writers, shamelessly I can only say in my defense, like the woman brought before the judge on a charge of kleptomania, I do steal, but, your Honor, only from the very best stores.

  3. Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell:

    It is difficult to ask banks to submit rates at which they believe they could borrow on a daily basis if they do not actually borrow very often.

  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. Ella Wheeler Wilcox:

    Laugh and the world laughs with you Weep, and you weep alone For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own.

Images & Illustrations of borrow

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