Borrow

Definition of Borrow

Bor´row
v. t.1.To receive from another as a loan, with the implied or expressed intention of returning the identical article or its equivalent in kind; - the opposite of lend.
[imp. & p. p. Borrowed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Borrowing.]
2.(Arith.) To take (one or more) from the next higher denomination in order to add it to the next lower; - a term of subtraction when the figure of the subtrahend is larger than the corresponding one of the minuend.
3.To copy or imitate; to adopt; as, to borrow the style, manner, or opinions of another.
Rites borrowed from the ancients.
- Macaulay.
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.
- Milton.
4.To feign or counterfeit.
The borrowed majesty of England.
- Shak.
5.To receive; to take; to derive.
Any drop thou borrowedst from thy mother.
- Shak.
To borrow trouble
to be needlessly troubled; to be overapprehensive.
n.1.Something deposited as security; a pledge; a surety; a hostage.
Ye may retain as borrows my two priests.
- Sir W. Scott.
2.The act of borrowing.
Of your royal presence I'll adventure
The borrow of a week.
- Shak.

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