Definitions for: Borrow

[v] get temporarily; "May I borrow your lawn mower?"
[v] take up and practice as one's own

Webster (1913) Definition: Bor"row, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Borrowed; p. pr. & vb.
n. Borrowing.] [OE. borwen, AS. borgian, fr. borg, borh,
pledge; akin to D. borg, G. borg; prob. fr. root of AS.
beorgan to protect. ?95. See 1st Borough.]
1. 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.

2. (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.

3. To copy or imitate; to adopt; as, to borrow the style,
manner, or opinions of another.

Rites borrowed from the ancients. --Macaulay.

It is not hard for any man, who hath a Bible in his
hands, to borrow good words and holy sayings in
abundance; but to make them his own is a work of
grace only from above. --Milton.

4. To feign or counterfeit. ``Borrowed hair.'' --Spenser.

The borrowed majesty of England. --Shak.

5. To receive; to take; to derive.

Any drop thou borrowedst from thy mother. --Shak.

To borrow trouble, to be needlessly troubled; to be

Bor"row, n.
1. Something deposited as security; a pledge; a surety; a
hostage. [Obs.]

Ye may retain as borrows my two priests. --Sir W.

2. The act of borrowing. [Obs.]

Of your royal presence I'll adventure The borrow of
a week. --Shak.

Synonyms: adopt, take over, take up

Antonyms: lend, loan

See Also: accept, acquire, get, have, take

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