• To receive (something) from somebody temporarily, expecting to return it.
  • To take money from a bank under the agreement that the bank will be paid over the course of time.
  • To adopt (an idea) as one's own.
  • To adopt a word from another language.
  • In a subtraction, to deduct (one) from a digit of the minuend and add ten to the following digit, in order that the subtraction of a larger digit in the subtrahend from the digit in the minuend to which ten is added gives a positive result.
  • To lend.
  • To temporarily obtain (something) for (someone).
  • To feign or counterfeit.
  • To secure the release of (someone) from prison.
  • To receive (something) from somebody, with little possibility of returning it.
  • To adjust one's aim in order to compensate for the slope of the green.



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  • From Middle English borwen, borȝien, Old English borgian ("to borrow, lend, pledge surety for"), from Proto-Germanic *burgōną ("to pledge, take care of"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰergʰ- ("to take care"). Cognate with Dutch borgen ("to borrow, trust"), German borgen ("to borrow, lend"), Danish borge ("to vouch"). Related to Old English beorgan ("to save, preserve"). More at bury.
  • From Middle English borwe, borgh, from Old English borh, borg, from Proto-Germanic *burgōną (related to Etymology 1, above).

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