- 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.
borrow definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English borwen ; from Old English borgian, to borrow, lend, be surety for, akin to beorgan, to protect and amp; borough
- borrower noun
borrow definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb bor·rowed, bor·row·ing, bor·rows verb, transitive
- 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 to use in another.
Origin: Middle English borwen, from Old English borgian; see bhergh-1 in Indo-European roots.
- borˈrow·er noun
borrow - Phrases/Idioms