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borrow

[ bor-oh, bawr-oh ]SEE DEFINITION OF borrow
  • verbtake for temporary use
  • verbadopt from another source; appropriate

Synonyms for borrow

  • acquire
  • hire
  • obtain
  • rent
  • beg
  • bite
  • bum
  • cadge
  • chisel
  • lift
  • mooch
  • negotiate
  • pawn
  • pledge
  • scrounge
  • soak
  • sponge
  • tap
  • touch
  • accept loan of
  • give a note for
  • hit up
  • raise money
  • run into debt
  • see one's uncle
  • take on loan
  • use temporarily
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Antonyms for borrow

  • forfeit
  • lose
  • give
  • lend
  • pay
  • return
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BORROW

If you ever want to borrow this boat, you'll have to apply to me.

The next thing was to borrow a trifle of what was passing through his hands.

Can you get yourself home from this spot, or shall I borrow a wheelbarrow and tote you there?

Well, my son, I want to borrow your horse for the rest of the day.

This Tract is only a borrow'd Tract, and which may be drawn any way, as shall be most convenient.

Borrow was expecting me to-day, you know—or maybe you don't know.

And then under went the truck that Andy had run to borrow, and the stove was out.

She wanted to borrow thirty guineas of me: only while she got a note changed.

After all, if this one story didn't sell I could borrow until I wrote something that did.

I might borrow it, perhaps, if the chance is a very good one.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English borgian "to lend, be surety for," from Proto-Germanic *borg "pledge" (cf. Old English borg "pledge, security, bail, debt," Old Norse borga "to become bail for, guarantee," Middle Dutch borghen "to protect, guarantee," Old High German boragen "to beware of," German borgen "to borrow; to lend"), from PIE *bhergh- "to hide, protect" (see bury). Sense shifted in Old English to "borrow," apparently on the notion of collateral deposited as security for something borrowed. Related: Borrowed; borrowing.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BORROW

adopt

verbchoose or take something as one's own
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