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

v get temporarily

“May I borrow your lawn mower?”
lend, loan
give temporarily; let have for a limited time
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v take up and practice as one's own

adopt, take over, take up
Type of:
accept, have, take
receive willingly something given or offered

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