[bor-oh-ing, bawr-]
the act of one who borrows.
the process by which something, as a word or custom, is adopted or absorbed.
the result of such a process; something borrowed, as a foreign word or phrase or a custom.

1350–1400; Middle English; see borrow, -ing1

nonborrowing, adjective
preborrowing, noun
unborrowing, adjective Unabridged


[bor-oh, bawr-oh]
verb (used with object)
to take or obtain with the promise to return the same or an equivalent: Our neighbor borrowed my lawn mower.
to use, appropriate, or introduce from another source or from a foreign source: to borrow an idea from the opposition; to borrow a word from French.
Arithmetic. (in subtraction) to take from one denomination and add to the next lower.
verb (used without object)
to borrow something: Don't borrow unless you intend to repay.
to sail close to the wind; luff.
to sail close to the shore.
Golf. to putt on other than a direct line from the lie of the ball to the hole, to compensate for the incline or roll of the green.
borrow trouble, to do something that is unnecessary and may cause future harm or inconvenience.

before 900; Middle English borowen, Old English borgian to borrow, lend, derivative of borg a pledge; akin to Dutch borg a pledge, borgen to charge, give credit, German Borg credit, borgen to take on credit

borrowable, adjective
borrower, noun
nonborrowed, adjective
nonborrower, noun
overborrow, verb
unborrowed, adjective

borrow, lend, loan (see usage note at loan).

2. acquire, take, get; copy, pirate, plagiarize. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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borrow (ˈbɒrəʊ)
1.  to obtain or receive (something, such as money) on loan for temporary use, intending to give it, or something equivalent or identical, back to the lender
2.  to adopt (ideas, words, etc) from another source; appropriate
3.  not standard to lend
4.  golf to putt the ball uphill of the direct path to the hole
5.  (intr) golf (of a ball) to deviate from a straight path because of the slope of the ground
6.  golf a deviation of a ball from a straight path because of the slope of the ground: a left borrow
7.  material dug from a borrow pit to provide fill at another
8.  living on borrowed time
 a.  living an unexpected extension of life
 b.  close to death
[Old English borgian; related to Old High German borgēn to take heed, give security]
usage  The use of off after borrow was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable in informal contexts

Borrow (ˈbɒrəʊ)
George (Henry). 1803--81, English traveller and writer. His best-known works are the semiautobiographical novels of Gypsy life and language, Lavengro (1851) and its sequel The Romany Rye (1857)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. borgian "to lend, be surety for," from P.Gmc. *borg "pledge," from PIE *bhergh- "to hide, protect" (see bury). Sense shifted in O.E. to "borrow," apparently on the notion of collateral deposited as security for something borrowed. Cf. O.E. borg "pledge, security, bail,
debt," O.N. borga "to become bail for, guarantee," M.Du. borghen "to protect, guarantee," O.H.G. boragen "to beware of," Ger. borgen "to borrow; to lend."
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Bible Dictionary

Borrow definition

The Israelites "borrowed" from the Egyptians (Ex. 12:35, R.V., "asked") in accordance with a divine command (3:22; 11:2). But the word (sha'al) so rendered here means simply and always to "request" or "demand." The Hebrew had another word which is properly translated "borrow" in Deut. 28:12; Ps. 37:21. It was well known that the parting was final. The Egyptians were so anxious to get the Israelites away out of their land that "they let them have what they asked" (Ex. 12:36, R.V.), or literally "made them to ask," urged them to take whatever they desired and depart. (See LOAN.)

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Example sentences
We've been borrowing them from other cultures for centuries.
It's an example of what evolutionary biologists call exaptation: borrowing an
  old body part for a new job.
But in the long term, other costs would add up: the cost of borrowing money,
  higher wages and currency changes.
So they might discover early on, for instance, that being given something is
  different from borrowing it.
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