Definition of 'borrow'


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1. golf Deviation of the path of a rolling ball from a straight line; slope; slant.

2. archaic A surety; someone standing bail.

3. archaic A ransom; a pledge or guarantee.

4. obsolete The act of borrowing.

5. obsolete Something deposited as security; a pledge; a surety; a hostage.

6. Same as borrow-pit.

7. An obsolete form of borough.

8. A borrowing; the act of borrowing.

9. A tithing; a frank-pledge.

10. A pledge or surety; bail; security: applied both to the thing given as security and to the person giving it: as, “with baile nor borrowe,”

11. 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.

12. proscribed To lend.

13. To adopt (an idea) as one's own.

14. To receive (something) from somebody temporarily, expecting to return it.

15. linguistics To adopt a word from another language.

16. US, dialect To temporarily obtain (something) for (someone).

17. get temporarily

18. To practise borrowing; take or receive loans; appropriate to one's self what belongs to another or others: as, I neither borrow nor lend; he borrows freely from other authors.

19. To be surety for; hence, to redeem; ransom.

20. A term used specifically in organ-building: of a pipe which improperly takes the wind from another and sounds at the latter's expense; of a stop or set of pipes which is incomplete in itself, but which is filled out by using some of the pipes of another stop or set: within certain limits the latter arrangement is entirely legitimate, since it renders possible the use of the same pipes in two distinct connections.

21. In golf, when putting across sloping ground, to play the ball a little up the slope to counteract its effect.

22. To take or obtain (a thing) on pledge given for its return, or without pledge, but on the understanding that the thing obtained is to be returned, or an equivalent of the same kind is to be substituted for it; hence, to obtain the temporary use of: with of or from (formerly at): as, to borrow a book from a friend; to borrow money of a stranger.

23. To assume or usurp, as something counterfeit, feigned, or not real; assume out of some pretense.

24. To take or receive gratuitously from another or from a foreign source and apply to one's own use; adopt; appropriate; by euphemism, to steal or plagiarize: as, to borrow aid; English has many borrowed words; to borrow an author's style, ideas, or language.

25. Nautical, to approach either land or the wind closely.

26. Linguistics To adopt words from one language for use in another.

27. To obtain or receive (something) on loan with the promise or understanding of returning it or its equivalent.

28. To borrow something.

29. Linguistics To adopt (a word) from one language for use in another.

30. To adopt or use as one's own.

31. 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.

32. To copy or imitate; to adopt.

33. (Arith.) To take (one or more) from the next higher denomination in order to add it to the next lower; -- a term of subtraction when the figure of the subtrahend is larger than the corresponding one of the minuend.

34. To receive from another as a loan, with the implied or expressed intention of returning the identical article or its equivalent in kind; -- the opposite of lend.

35. To feign or counterfeit.

36. to be needlessly troubled; to be overapprehensive.

37. To receive; to take; to derive.

38. (borrow trouble) To take an unnecessary action that will probably engender adverse effects.


1. The rest of the money will be borrowed.

2. Councils that need homes should be allowed to use borrowing pledged for areas with little demand.

3. borrowing too heavily and paying too much is a recipe for negative equity.

4. The rise is said to have been driven by an increase in net borrowing from central and local government.

5. When prices remained low, the government found itself unable to repay the farmers or borrow money.

6. Normally the government pays investors to borrow money ; these days investors will pay the government for the privilege of lending them money.

7. We should find or borrow the money for more, smaller gas-fired plants.

8. This is borrowed money, driving up our deficit while vital British services struggle.

9. Something trickier, then, must be to borrow money on the value of those slots.

10. Many have also borrowed heavily to expand and are highly geared.

11. Yet it still borrows money to give to foreign countries and awards its bosses giant pay rises.

12. Why do we borrow money to give away in aid?

13. They pocket the profit before handing back the borrowed stock.

14. Would you mind if we borrowed some books for them to read?

15. This allows them to borrow at any time up to an established limit.

16. Public borrowing is close to peacetime records.

17. Airlines can and do borrow heavily because their assets are tangible and relatively safe.

18. Keep an eye out for lenders that try to sell insurance when you borrow money.

19. Who in their right mind would borrow money to give it away to charities?

20. Now we have no choice but to save and pay back what we borrowed.

21. Most sensible people know we cannot balance the books with more borrowing or ruinous new taxes.

22. It feels like he is on borrowed time.

23. Not necessarily a bad thing if the billions raised or recklessly borrowed are then used to lift the deserving poor out of misery.

24. When he loses interest, he borrows another one.

25. Public sector net borrowing is likely to be pared back slightly to about 125 billion this year.

26. We thought about borrowing and buying another one, but that means further outlay and risk.

27. The criticism of the Government is not that it has expanded public borrowing to do this and to support demand.

28. There's also been a slight easing of credit conditions over the recent past and households have increased their net borrowing.

29. The borrowed money is used to pay for basic infrastructure on mothballed sites, which in turn allows building work to begin.

30. ‘Recovering from knee replacement surgery in Lismore Base Hospital, Elaine Avery is well aware of the need to return borrowed orthopaedic equipment when it is no longer needed.’

31. ‘Mr O'Brien told investigators in 1975 that on the day Hoffa vanished, he borrowed a car belonging to Giacolone's son to run some errands.’

32. ‘Meanwhile, retired dairy farmer Ted Dibble has vowed to borrow a horse and return to the sport if the Government's anti-hunting proposal becomes law.’

33. ‘But at Storr his great achievement has been to borrow the landscape and return it to us in an entirely new light.’

34. ‘Alright, who has borrowed my camera and returned it with this picture on it?’

35. ‘I had accused Lils of borrowing it and never returning it, but she, of course, had claimed never to have touched it.’

36. ‘Collections also dwindle when borrowed plates are not returned.’

37. ‘We undertake to return all borrowed equipment in the condition it was given to us.’

38. ‘I'll just borrow some clothes and return them later.’

39. ‘But give it a few more listens, and they're begging to borrow the album and return it six months later.’

40. ‘Ripley is a lavatory attendant in 1950s Manhattan who borrows a Princeton jacket to play piano at a garden party.’

41. ‘He got a truck, and he ended up borrowing a white-fleeced Levi jacket from a guy in a bar who told him he didn't look nearly redneck enough in his jeans and shirt.’

42. ‘This particular night, after borrowing the yellow suede jacket from my mate, I felt ready for action.’

43. ‘As we learn later, the jacket was borrowed, as is nearly everything Tom ever wears.’

44. ‘No, but most shops will give you a healthy discount and a lot of designers are happy to let me borrow because I return them in the condition I received them.’

45. ‘He is an unfailingly polite Sir Edmund Hillary-esque type chap, the sort that if he ever borrowed your lawn mower would most certainly return it with a full tank of petrol and a bottle of decent port.’

46. ‘My daughter thinks her borrowed outfit is great.’

47. ‘Take a borrowed watch from the crowd, and stop it dead cold on demand!’

48. ‘Publisher supplied desk copies can also be returned to the Textbook Store to replace the borrowed copy as long as these books are not marked.’

49. ‘In Sam's case, a borrowed shovel during a bad winter helped him to build a landscaping business.’

50. ‘The reason they can do that is that trading banks actually borrow large sums of money, and they are able to put up for taxation purposes the interest they pay on it.’

51. ‘It is unlikely that the politicians and leaders of the area would empathize with the plight of Sabitri and other such women or children being held at ransom for a paltry sum of money borrowed by labourers.’

52. ‘Companies need to borrow enormous sums of money to buy back their shares in the market.’

53. ‘He borrowed large sums of money to ensure that the entertainment he provided was the best money could buy.’

54. ‘Never forget what motivates people to borrow vast sums of money—it is to make more money.’

55. ‘He said the private sector was failing to buy maize from farmers because of the floor price which they could not meet and high interest rates the banks charged to borrow money.’

56. ‘Bizarrely, it is possible, in some instances, to borrow money from your bank to buy shares and finance the loan with the dividends generated from that investment.’

57. ‘She said one man called in complaining that he is jobless, cannot borrow money from banks, relatives and friends, and has no method to clear his debts.’

58. ‘If you borrow money from a bank, you have to list the value of all your significant assets, as well as all your significant liabilities.’

59. ‘It provides financial assistance to people that cannot afford to borrow money from commercial banks because of the conditions required.’

60. ‘Because the growth in property prices in the past outstripped costs of borrowing, the more borrowed the better the return in the past decade.’

61. ‘In fact, he righteously announced that there would be no return to borrowing in 2002 as most economic number crunchers had predicted.’

62. ‘Some farmers will borrow with the intention of never paying back while others will simply use the money for luxurious life.’

63. ‘Mr Ahern also rejected Fine Gael and Labour claims that a planned National Development Finance Agency would mean a return to State borrowing by another name.’

64. ‘Under Gordon Brown's own fiscal rules, he could carry on spending and borrowing the shortfall in the short-term.’

65. ‘The combined effect of these trends has been to lift the amount which a two-earner household on average earnings can afford to borrow without debt-servicing absorbing more than one quarter of their income.’

66. ‘Of these states 26 are borrowers, and 21 do not borrow from the Bank.’

67. ‘Can't they just borrow from the bank?’

68. ‘The customer can borrow and repay as often as necessary as long as the balance outstanding doesn't exceed the credit limit.’

69. ‘If you know how much you need to borrow and you don't foresee any need to borrow again, a straight home equity loan is probably the way to go.’

70. ‘At the end of the 20-30 minute session, mothers are able to peruse parenting resources provided by the library and borrow picture books with the babies.’

71. ‘Space is all very well, in the right place, but people come to libraries mainly to borrow books.’

72. ‘She pointed out that it costs nothing for teenagers to join the library and borrow books, CDs, videos and tapes from the new multimedia section for their age group.’

73. ‘I managed to go to the library again to borrow the book titled the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne for the tenth time this month.’

74. ‘By joining your local lending library, you can borrow several books at a time without charge, unless you return them late and get fined.’

75. ‘She had mostly kept to herself, venturing only to the library to borrow books.’

76. ‘My family will visit the library often to borrow new books to read together.’

77. ‘When her studies took her into one of my fields, heraldry, she came to borrow books from my library.’

78. ‘In the year up to March last year 1.9 million books were borrowed, including 370,000 at the central library.’

79. ‘I borrowed a couple books on databases from the library so I could do some retooling, but that's about it.’

80. ‘My books are borrowed about 120,000 times a year from public libraries.’

81. ‘Librarian Maureen Cusack can obtain books for anyone wishing to borrow books which are not available in the library.’

82. ‘This will be an opportunity for people of all ages to borrow books and spend time in the Library during opening hours.’

83. ‘Though he does not have to study at the library, he comes regularly to borrow books.’

84. ‘To encourage even more children to borrow books, I organized a class library in a loft above the housekeeping area, near the book display.’

85. ‘Anyone who borrows a book on Friday the 13th will go into the lucky prize draw, featuring goodies donated by Casino businesses.’

86. ‘It's like borrowing a book from a friend who has underlined the best passages for you to skim to get the guts.’

87. ‘In the past three years 25% fewer people borrowed books.’

88. ‘Having been a resident in Welling since my childhood, my first borrowed book was from there.’

89. ‘After breakfast I had a long shower then we walked over the hill so that i could borrow books.’

90. ‘Most English words were borrowed from some other language.’

91. ‘The idea was borrowed from Vancouver, where a help meter in front of a store proved so popular with customers that panhandlers stopped begging there.’

92. ‘Deconstructivism ideas are borrowed from the French philosopher Jacques Derrida.’

93. ‘Once again, my coaching ideas are borrowed from great coaches and implemented in ways that I think can help my athletes.’

94. ‘Kamati says the idea was borrowed from a similar promotion in Europe and the response here has been overwhelming.’

95. ‘The troika notion was borrowed from the European Union.’

96. ‘The concept is borrowed from a Munich hotel that hotel manager Enda O'Meara visited some years ago.’

97. ‘The script seems to revel in the simplicity of its own plot, which has presumably been borrowed from the source videogame.’

98. ‘The best he could do was borrow concepts and words from other disciplines.’

99. ‘Other details were borrowed from disparate sources or simply made up.’

100. ‘In April 2000 he was promoted to CEO and is proud of the ideas he's borrowed from Japan and elsewhere.’

101. ‘Galileo adopted some of its terminology, and according to these scholars his method in science was borrowed from that source.’

102. ‘Kerry's liberalism is the liberalism of that wing; it has not been borrowed or stolen from Dean.’

103. ‘For that song, he borrowed a hook from an instrumental track called Taj Mahal written and performed by the veteran Brazilian musician Jorge Ben.’

104. ‘Whereas some artists cop out and simply borrow a hook from an old jazz or blues record then slap a techno/trip-hop beat on it, Tobin's approach is more subtle and complex.’

105. ‘In doing so, it may be appropriate for us to borrow some of the best practices of international firms operating in our energy sector.’

106. ‘Jim did not beg, steal or borrow his business acumen - his father Seamus is the well-known Bagenalstown auctioneer and businessman.’

107. ‘Bastian was not merely borrowing metaphors from political liberalism in order to explain Humboldt's intellectual importance.’

108. ‘Appropriating and borrowing things from other cultures buffet-style seems like a good way of cutting down the amount of time you have to spend hacking out the basics.’

109. ‘Hungarian architect Zsigmund Quittner borrowed liberally from traditional Hungarian art to produce a highly decorative and modern building.’

110. ‘I played the round in the company of an ancient caddie, unusually talkative for a Scot, who shaped the sightlines of the present to the borrow of the past.’

111. ‘Pat's ‘method’ is to read the borrow, adopt the line, and then approach every putt as if it was only six inches.’

112. ‘This hole provides a challenge: the right is nothing but trouble and the huge green has both slope and borrow to conclude a fine golf hole.’

113. ‘There's always some kind of borrow, and even bad golfers can mis-putt and make it if they have mis-read the borrow.’

114. ‘When Woods was 6 feet left of the pin on 13 I believe this morning, it was "a little too much borrow".’

115. ‘The greens were in terrific condition throughout on the day we played although we all struggled at times to read the borrow and each of us picked totally the wrong line on at least one occasion.’

116. May I borrow your lawn mower?

Other users have misspelling borrow as:

1. borro 15.32%

2. borow 8.87%

3. borrowe 3.23%

4. uborrow 2.42%

5. Other 70.16%

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