from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To obtain or receive (something) on loan with the promise or understanding of returning it or its equivalent.
- transitive v. To adopt or use as one's own: I borrowed your good idea.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. Linguistics To adopt (a word) from one language to use in another.
- intransitive v. To obtain or receive something.
- idiom borrow trouble To take an unnecessary action that will probably engender adverse effects.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To receive (something) from somebody temporarily, expecting to return it.
- v. To adopt (an idea) as one's own.
- v. To adopt a word from another language.
- v. 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.
- v. To lend.
- v. To temporarily obtain (something) for (someone).
- n. Deviation of the path of a rolling ball from a straight line; slope; slant.
- n. A ransom; a pledge or guarantee.
- n. A surety; someone standing bail.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To copy or imitate; to adopt.
- transitive v. To feign or counterfeit.
- transitive v. To receive; to take; to derive.
- n. Something deposited as security; a pledge; a surety; a hostage.
- n. The act of borrowing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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,”
- n. A borrowing; the act of borrowing.
- n. Cost; expense.
- n. A tithing; a frank-pledge.
- 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.
- 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.
- To assume or usurp, as something counterfeit, feigned, or not real; assume out of some pretense.
- To be surety for; hence, to redeem; ransom.
- 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.
- Nautical, to approach either land or the wind closely.
- n. An obsolete form of borough.
- n. Same as borrow-pit.
- 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.
- In golf, when putting across sloping ground, to play the ball a little up the slope to counteract its effect.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. get temporarily
- v. take up and practice as one's own
Meanwhile, the witnesses of the rural wedding had all skedaddled -- to borrow a Greek word -- into the woods, in dire confusion, tearing dresses, pulling down 'back hair,' hitching hoop skirts, and tumbling over blackberry vines -- but each intent on increasing the distance from the mad cow.
A gallery of idols with delicious flat chests, or to borrow a Japanese word, petanko.
Yes, we should all work together and the government should help where appropriate, but the government can only provide help with money we give them except when they borrow from the future.
“The money we borrow is going to be paid back through taxation in the future,” he says.
Our deficit, national debt and the amount we have to borrow is in the news at the moment but how bad is it really?
But to borrow from the Bard, here's the rub: some preserves list apricot first, followed by sugar.
They borrow from the language of the street but have no meaning beyond the self.
The discount rate is what the central bank charges banks to borrow from the Fed at the “discount window.”
It sounds like the film will borrow from the Secret Origins story arc quite heavily.
Adeel Halim/Bloomberg Most microcredit firms lend money through women's groups and reach out to borrowers who are either too far from or too poor to borrow from a bank.