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borrowverb

uk   /ˈbɒr.əʊ/ us   /ˈbɑːr.oʊ/
  • borrow verb (RECEIVE)

A2 [T] to get or receive something from someone with the intention of giving it back after a period of time: I had to borrow a pen from the invigilator to do the exam.UK non-standard Can I borrow £100 off you until next week? She used to borrow money and not bother to pay it back. He borrowed a novel from the library.
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.
[T] to take and use a word or idea from another language or piece of work: English has borrowed many words from French.

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  • borrow verb (MATHEMATICS)

[T] to put a number into a different column when doing subtraction
borrower
noun [C] uk   /ˈbɒr.əʊ.ər/ us   /ˈbɑːr.oʊ.ɚ/
a person, organization, etc. that borrows: Banks are encouraging new borrowers.
borrowing
noun [C or U] uk   /ˈbɒr.əʊ.ɪŋ/ us   /ˈbɑːr.oʊ.ɪŋ/
Public borrowing has increased in recent years.
(Definition of borrow from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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borrowverb [I/T]

us   /ˈbɑr·oʊ, ˈbɔr-/
to take something from someone with the intention of giving it back after using it: [T] Could I borrow your bike until next week? [T] fig. We constantly borrow words from other cultures.
borrower
noun [C] us   /ˈbɑr·ə·wər, ˈbɔr-/
The rate charged to borrowers is 9.7%.
borrowing
noun [C/U] us   /ˈbɑr·ə·wɪŋ, ˈbɔr-/
[U] Jefferson opposed government borrowing.
(Definition of borrow from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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borrowverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈbɒrəʊ/ us  
FINANCE, BANKING to take money from a bank or other financial organization with the intention of paying it back over a period of time, usually with interest added on: He will have to borrow £300 million to make his controversial takeover bid successful. Find out how much you can afford to borrow before you decide to buy a house.borrow from sth If you borrow from a credit card, the interest can be 20%.borrow sth from sth This is a way of borrowing money from international financial markets. Countries who had borrowed heavily to pay for oil imports were hit hard.
to ask someone to give you money for a period of time, after which you intend to give it back to them: Can I borrow £20? I'll pay you back tomorrow.borrow (sth) from sb He borrowed some money from a friend.
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(Definition of borrow from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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