- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: bŏrʹō, IPA(key): /ˈbɒɹəʊ/
- (General American) enPR: bärʹō, IPA(key): /ˈbɑɹoʊ/
- (Canada) enPR: bôrʹō, IPA(key): /ˈbɔɹoʊ/
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- Rhymes: -ɒɹəʊ
From Middle English borwen, borȝien, Old English borgian (“to borrow, lend, pledge surety for”), from Proto-Germanic *burgōną (“to pledge, take care of”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰergʰ- (“to take care”). Cognate with Dutch borgen (“to borrow, trust”), German borgen (“to borrow, lend”), Danish borge (“to vouch”). Related to Old English beorgan (“to save, preserve”). More at bury.
- boro (Jamaican English)
- To receive (something) from somebody temporarily, expecting to return it.
2013 June 1, “End of the peer show”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 71:
- Finance is seldom romantic. But the idea of peer-to-peer lending comes close. This is an industry that brings together individual savers and lenders on online platforms. Those that want to borrow are matched with those that want to lend.
- To adopt (an idea) as one's own.
- to borrow the style, manner, or opinions of another
- rites borrowed from the ancients
- 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.
- (linguistics) To adopt a word from another language.
- (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.
- (Upper Midwestern United States, proscribed) To lend.
- (double transitive) To temporarily obtain (something) for (someone).
1681,, “Trial of Sir Miles Stapleton”, in State Trials, 33 Charles II, page 516:
- Yes, my lord, he told me this in my own house; and I told him he might go to esquire Tindal, and I lent him eighteen pence, and borrowed him a horse in the town.
1866 April 20, Charles W. G. Howard, “Minutes of Evidence Taken Before the Select Committee”, in parliamentary debates, House of Commons, page 84:
- I went out and borrowed him a night cap ; put him my night shirt on, and wrapped him in a blanket.
1999 August 1, “Ronnie Dawson, Singer, Comments on his Career and Music”, in NPR_Weekend:
- My folks couldn't afford a guitar, so my dad borrowed me a mandolin one time, and I was just learning to play it pretty good and the guy that he borrowed it from wanted it back.
2006, Laurie Graham, Gone with the Windsors, page 116:
- George Lightfoot seemed to have forgotten he was meant to be a Lost Sheep, and turned up as the Tin Man, but I forgave him, because he'd managed to borrow me a divine brass crazier from one of his bishop friends.
- To feign or counterfeit.
- borrowed hair
- the borrowed majesty of England
- (receive temporarily): give back (exchanging the transfer of ownership), lend (exchanging the owners), return (exchanging the transfer of ownership)
- (in arithmetic): carry (the equivalent reverse procedure in the inverse operation of addition)
borrow (plural borrows)
- (golf) Deviation of the path of a rolling ball from a straight line; slope; slant.
- This putt has a big left-to right borrow on it.
borrow (plural borrows)
- (archaic) A ransom; a pledge or guarantee.
- (archaic) A surety; someone standing bail.
1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
- ”where am I to find such a sum? If I sell the very pyx and candlesticks on the altar at Jorvaulx, I shall scarce raise the half; and it will be necessary for that purpose that I go to Jorvaulx myself; ye may retain as borrows my two priests.”