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verb as in adopt from another source; appropriate

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They uncovered evidence that he had dipped into his clients’ insurance premiums for his own uses and borrowed money to keep his real estate business afloat.

This is not to single you out, “Navigating,” just borrowing you to make a larger point that’s been bugging me a lot lately.

This task was borrowed from an old experiment that asked lab subjects to turn little wooden pegs.

Mobile lending apps have become an easy source of credit for Kenyans who don’t have accounts with banks and other traditional financial institutions, or the regular income needed to borrow from such establishments.

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Then again, the glory of American cuisine is the way it borrows from other cultures and comes up with something all its own.

To borrow an old right-wing talking point, these people are angry no matter what we do.

The rapid rise of the sharing economy is changing the way people around the world commute, shop, vacation, and borrow.

“I have coordinated with our foreign minister so we will borrow from other countries which have offered,” he said.

Much of what passes for political coverage these days is (to borrow a phrase) “bad Chucky.”

These marriages are “facts on the ground,” to borrow a phrase from the conflict in the Middle East.

At the reserve bank they may borrow as a standing right and not as a favor which may be cut off.

Germany invests money abroad, but she seems to borrow as much, and more, in the discount markets of London and Paris.

"I can't borrow money—I can't—I don't know how to do it," said Brammel peevishly.

The human species,” Charles Lamb says, “is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow and the men who lend.

I may record here that each of my assistants has since, to borrow an Americanism, “made good.”


On this page you'll find 74 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to borrow, such as: acquire, hire, obtain, rent, beg, and bite.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.