Associations to the word «Borrow»


BORROW, verb. To receive (something) from somebody temporarily, expecting to return it.
BORROW, verb. To adopt (an idea) as one's own.
BORROW, verb. (linguistics) To adopt a word from another language.
BORROW, verb. (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.
BORROW, verb. (proscribed) To lend.
BORROW, verb. (double transitive) To temporarily obtain (something) for (someone).
BORROW, verb. To feign or counterfeit.
BORROW, noun. (golf) Deviation of the path of a rolling ball from a straight line; slope; slant.
BORROW, noun. (archaic) A ransom; a pledge or guarantee.
BORROW, noun. (archaic) A surety; someone standing bail.
BORROW, proper noun. A surname​.
BORROW PIT, noun. (construction) (civil engineering) A pit dug to extract material (such as soil, gravel, or sand) for use at another location.
BORROW PITS, noun. Plural of borrow pit
BORROW TROUBLE, verb. To be needlessly troubled; to be overapprehensive.

Dictionary definition

BORROW, verb. Get temporarily; "May I borrow your lawn mower?".
BORROW, verb. Take up and practice as one's own.

Wise words

In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold; Alike fantastic, if too new, or old: Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Alexander Pope