bor·row /ˈbɑr(ˌ)o, ˈbɔr-/
1. Something deposited as security; a pledge; a surety; a hostage. [Obs.]
Ye may retain as borrows my two priests. --Sir W. Scott.
2. The act of borrowing. [Obs.]
Of your royal presence I'll adventure
The borrow of a week. --Shak.
Bor·row v. t. [imp. & p. p. Borrowed p. pr. & vb. n. Borrowing.]
1. To receive from another as a loan, with the implied or expressed intention of returning the identical article or its equivalent in kind; -- the opposite of lend.
2. Arith. To take (one or more) from the next higher denomination in order to add it to the next lower; -- a term of subtraction when the figure of the subtrahend is larger than the corresponding one of the minuend.
3. To copy or imitate; to adopt; as, to borrow the style, manner, or opinions of another.
Rites borrowed from the ancients. --Macaulay.
It is not hard for any man, who hath a Bible in his hands, to borrow good words and holy sayings in abundance; but to make them his own is a work of grace only from above. --Milton.
4. To feign or counterfeit. “Borrowed hair.”
The borrowed majesty of England. --Shak.
5. To receive; to take; to derive.
Any drop thou borrowedst from thy mother. --Shak.
To borrow trouble, to be needlessly troubled; to be overapprehensive.
v 1: get temporarily; "May I borrow your lawn mower?" [ant: lend]
2: take up and practice as one's own [syn: adopt, take over,
The Israelites "borrowed" from the Egyptians (Ex. 12:35, R.V.,
"asked") in accordance with a divine command (3:22; 11:2). But
the word (sha'al) so rendered here means simply and always to
"request" or "demand." The Hebrew had another word which is
properly translated "borrow" in Deut. 28:12; Ps. 37:21. It was
well known that the parting was final. The Egyptians were so
anxious to get the Israelites away out of their land that "they
let them have what they asked" (Ex. 12:36, R.V.), or literally
"made them to ask," urged them to take whatever they desired and
depart. (See LOAN.)