To borrow a theory.
I borrowed your good idea.
A friend bringing a book to someone and that person returning it the following week is an example of to borrow.
To use an established theory as the basis of a scientific experiment is an example of borrowed.
The word depot was borrowed from French.
To borrow the style, manner, or opinions of another.
This putt has a big left-to right borrow on it.
George Borrow wrote novels and travelogues based on his experiences travelling around Europe.
- To take an unnecessary action that will probably engender adverse effects.
- to worry about anything needlessly or before one has sufficient cause
- living past the likely or usual time of death
Other Word Forms
Origin of borrow
- Middle English borwen from Old English borgian bhergh-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.