) KEY VERB: bor·rowed
, bor·rows VERB: tr.
- To obtain or receive (something) on loan with the promise or understanding of returning it or its equivalent.
- To adopt or use as one's own: I borrowed your good idea.
- In subtraction, to take a unit from the next larger denomination in the minuend so as to make a number larger than the number to be subtracted.
IDIOM: borrow trouble
- To obtain or receive something.
- Linguistics To adopt words from one language for use in another.
- To take an unnecessary action that will probably engender adverse effects.
Middle English borwen
, from Old English borgian
; see bhergh-1
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:borrow·er(Noun)