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bor•row(ˈbɒr oʊ, ˈbɔr oʊ)
If you borrow something that belongs to someone else, you use it for a period of time and then return it.
You don't normally talk about borrowing or lending things that can't move. Don't say, for example, 'Can I borrow your garage next week?' You say 'Can I use your garage next week?'
Similarly, you don't usually say 'He lent me his office while he was on holiday'. You say 'He let me use his office while he was on holiday'.
Past participle: borrowed
|Verb||1.||borrow - get temporarily; "May I borrow your lawn mower?"|
acquire, get - come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work"
|2.||borrow - take up and practice as one's own|
take on loan give, return, provide, supply, advance, loan, lend
borrow[ˈbɒrəʊ] vt [+ money, book, pen] → emprunter
Can I borrow your pen? → Je peux emprunter ton stylo?
May I borrow your car? → Est-ce que je peux emprunter ta voiture?
to borrow sth from sb → emprunter qch à qn
I borrowed some money from a friend → J'ai emprunté de l'argent à un ami.
to be on borrowed time, to be living on borrowed time → ne plus en avoir pour longtemps
lend to: My friend lends money to me / My friend lends me money .