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bor·row  audio  (br, bôr) KEY 

VERB:
bor·rowed, bor·row·ing, bor·rows
VERB:
tr.
  1. To obtain or receive (something) on loan with the promise or understanding of returning it or its equivalent.
  2. To adopt or use as one's own: I borrowed your good idea.
  3. 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.
VERB:
intr.
  1. To obtain or receive something.
  2. Linguistics To adopt words from one language for use in another.

IDIOM:
borrow trouble
To take an unnecessary action that will probably engender adverse effects.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English borwen, from Old English borgian; see bhergh-1 in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
borrow·er(Noun)


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