- The definition of borrow means to take or receive something with the intention of giving it back.
A friend bringing a book to someone and that person returning it the following week is an example of to borrow.
- Borrow means to take over something and use it as one's own.
To use an established theory as the basis of a scientific experiment is an example of borrowed.
- to take or receive (something) with the understanding that one will return it or an equivalent
- to adopt or take over (something) as one's own: to borrow a theory
- to adopt and naturalize (a word, etc.) from another language: the word depot was borrowed from French
- Arith. in subtraction, to take (a unit of ten) from the next higher place in the minuend and add it to the next lower place: done when the number to be subtracted in the subtrahend is greater than the corresponding number in the minuend
Origin of borrowMiddle English borwen ; from Old English borgian, to borrow, lend, be surety for, akin to beorgan, to protect and amp; borough
living on borrowed time
verbbor·rowed, bor·row·ing, bor·rows
- To obtain or receive (something) on loan with the promise or understanding of returning it or its equivalent.
- To adopt or use as one's own: I borrowed your good idea.
- In subtraction, to take a unit from the next larger denomination in the minuend so as to make a number larger than the number to be subtracted.
- Linguistics To adopt (a word) from one language for use in another.
- To borrow something.
- Linguistics To adopt words from one language for use in another.
Origin of borrowMiddle English borwen, from Old English borgian; see bhergh-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present borrows, present participle borrowing, simple past and past participle borrowed)
- To receive (something) from somebody temporarily, expecting to return it.
- To adopt (an idea) as one's own.
- to borrow the style, manner, or opinions of another
- (linguistics) To adopt a word from another language.
- (arithmetic) In a subtraction, to deduct (one) from a digit of the minuend and add ten to the following digit, in order that the subtraction of a larger digit in the subtrahend from the digit in the minuend to which ten is added gives a positive result.
- (proscribed) To lend.
- (double , US, dialect) To temporarily obtain (something) for (someone).
- To feign or counterfeit.
- (golf) Deviation of the path of a rolling ball from a straight line; slope; slant.
- This putt has a big left-to right borrow on it.
From Middle English borwen, borȝien, Old English borgian (“to borrow, lend, pledge surety for”), from Proto-Germanic *burgōną (“to pledge, take care of”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhergh- (“to take care”). Cognate with Dutch borgen (“to borrow, trust”), German borgen (“to borrow, lend”), Danish borge (“to vouch”). Related to Old English beorgan (“to save, preserve”). More at bury.
- A surname.
- George Borrow wrote novels and travelogues based on his experiences travelling around Europe.