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English definition of “borrow”


verb (RECEIVE)    /ˈbɒr.əʊ/ US  /ˈbɑːr.oʊ/
A2 [T] to get or receive something from someone with the intention of giving it back after a period of time: Could I borrow your bike from (non-standard off) you until next week? She used to borrow money and not bother to pay it back. He borrowed a novel from the library.Borrowing, lending and debt C1 [I or T] to take money from a bank or other financial organization and pay it back over a period of time: Like so many companies at that time, we had to borrow heavily to survive. We could always borrow some money from the bank.Borrowing, lending and debt [T] to take and use a word or idea from another language or piece of work: English has borrowed many words from French.Writing and typing Grammar:Lend or borrow?Lend means ‘give something to someone for a short time, expecting that you will get it back’. The past simple and the -ed form are lent:See more borrowing     /-ɪŋ/ noun [C or U] Public borrowing has increased in recent years.Borrowing, lending and debt borrower     /r/ US  // noun [C] a person, organization, etc. that borrows: Building societies are encouraging new borrowers.Borrowers and lenders
(Definition of borrow verb (RECEIVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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