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borrow

verb 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: Could I borrow your bike from (UK 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.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   /r/  us   //
a person, organization, etc. that borrows: Banks are encouraging new borrowers.
borrowing
noun [C or U] uk   us   /-ɪŋ/
Public borrowing has increased in recent years.
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