Other forms: borrowed; borrowing; borrows

The word borrow means to take something and use it temporarily. You can borrow a book from the library, or borrow twenty bucks from your mom, or even borrow an idea from your friend.

Usually , borrow implies taking something temporarily and returning it later. However, you can borrow non-physical things and adopt them as your own. For example, the English language has borrowed many words from other languages — such as Latin and Greek — but those words were never "given back." If you're subtracting numbers, you might have to borrow from the tens column to complete the problem.

Definitions of borrow
  1. verb
    get temporarily
    “May I borrow your lawn mower?”
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    lend, loan
    give temporarily; let have for a limited time
    type of:
    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  2. verb
    take up and practice as one's own
    synonyms: adopt, take over, take up
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    type of:
    accept, have, take
    receive willingly something given or offered




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