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English definition of “borrow”

borrow

verb
 
/ˈbɒrəʊ/
A2 to use something that belongs to someone else and then return it to them: Can I borrow a pen please?
to take money from a person or bank and pay it back over a period of time
(Definition of borrow from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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