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 (bŏr′ō, bôr′ō)
v. bor·rowed, bor·row·ing, bor·rows
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.
4. Linguistics To adopt (a word) from one language for use in another.
1. To borrow something.
2. Linguistics To adopt words from one language for use in another.
borrow trouble
To take an unnecessary action that will probably engender adverse effects.

[Middle English borwen, from Old English borgian; see bhergh- in Indo-European roots.]

bor′row·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.borrower - someone who receives something on the promise to return it or its equivalentborrower - someone who receives something on the promise to return it or its equivalent
recipient, receiver - a person who receives something
freeloader - someone who takes advantage of the generosity of others
lender, loaner - someone who lends money or gives credit in business matters
مُقترض، مُستعير
kto si požičiava
ödünç/borç alan kimse


[ˈbɒrəʊəʳ] N
1. [of money] → prestatario/a m/f
neither a borrower nor a lender beni prestes ni pidas prestado
2. (in library) → usuario/a m/f


[ˈbɒrəʊər] nemprunteur/euse m/f


nEntleiher(in) m(f); (of capital, loan etc)Kreditnehmer(in) m(f)


[ˈbɒrəuəʳ] n (gen) → chi prende in prestito (Econ) → mutuatario/a


(ˈborəu) verb
to take (something, often money) temporarily with the intention of returning it. He borrowed a book from the library.
ˈborrower noun
ˈborrowing noun

borrow from: I borrow money from a friend .
lend to: My friend lends money to me / My friend lends me money .
References in classic literature ?
The borrower gives me in pledge some raw sugars, on condition that I should sell if repayment were not made within a fixed period.
For if you reduce usury to one low rate, it will ease the common borrower, but the merchant will be to seek for money.
As a borrower of money he had every quality but one.
In fact, the Saillards did not know how better to manage their savings than to carry them, five thousand francs at a time, to their notary, Monsieur Sorbier, Cardot's predecessor, and let him invest them at five per cent in first mortgages, with the wife's rights reserved in case the borrower was married
Indeed he argued, and with great show of reason, that it ought to be rather more for one day than for five, inasmuch as the borrower might in the former case be very fairly presumed to be in great extremity, otherwise he would not borrow at all with such odds against him.
Nor did he trouble his borrowers with abstract calculations of figures, or references to ready-reckoners; his simple rule of interest being all comprised in the one golden sentence, 'two-pence for every half-penny,' which greatly simplified the accounts, and which, as a familiar precept, more easily acquired and retained in the memory than any known rule of arithmetic, cannot be too strongly recommended to the notice of capitalists, both large and small, and more especially of money-brokers and bill- discounters.
Why should he be so anxious to know the time at which a borrower of money is usually privileged to pay the money back?
Lynde had lent, sometimes never expecting to see it again, came home that night in charge of the borrowers thereof.
The borrower needs to understand its current circumstances and needs, the goals of the bank group (which may be different than the borrower's) and what a successful workout will include.
Payments are never late, so the borrower never has to worry about late fees.
Mortgage guaranty insurance protects the lender or investor against borrower default, and is primarily used on high-ratio mortgage loans, said Mike Zimmerman, vice president of investor relations for Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp.
For example, if the IRS determines that a $50,000,000 series of bonds with a 5-percent coupon does not qualify as tax-exempt, its opening offer to settle the case without taxing the bondholders would be for the conduit borrower to pay more than $2 million plus interest and redeem the bonds (thereby causing the loss of lower-rate financing).