Definition of 'borrow'
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The rest of the money will be borrowed. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Councils that need homes should be allowed to use borrowing pledged for areas with little demand. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Borrowing too heavily and paying too much is a recipe for negative equity. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The rise is said to have been driven by an increase in net borrowing from central and local government. The Sun (2016)When prices remained low, the government found itself unable to repay the farmers or borrow money. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Normally the government pays investors to borrow money ; these days investors will pay the government for the privilege of lending them money. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We should find or borrow the money for more, smaller gas-fired plants. The Sun (2016)This is borrowed money, driving up our deficit while vital British services struggle. The Sun (2016)Something trickier, then, must be to borrow money on the value of those slots. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Many have also borrowed heavily to expand and are highly geared. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Yet it still borrows money to give to foreign countries and awards its bosses giant pay rises. The Sun (2014)Why do we borrow money to give away in aid? The Sun (2012)They pocket the profit before handing back the borrowed stock. The Sun (2008)Would you mind if we borrowed some books for them to read? Times, Sunday Times (2006)This allows them to borrow at any time up to an established limit. Principles of Corporate Finance (1991) Public borrowing is close to peacetime records. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Airlines can and do borrow heavily because their assets are tangible and relatively safe. Principles of Corporate Finance (1991)Keep an eye out for lenders that try to sell insurance when you borrow money. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Who in their right mind would borrow money to give it away to charities? The Sun (2011)Now we have no choice but to save and pay back what we borrowed. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Most sensible people know we cannot balance the books with more borrowing or ruinous new taxes. The Sun (2015)It feels like he is on borrowed time. The Sun (2013)Not necessarily a bad thing if the billions raised or recklessly borrowed are then used to lift the deserving poor out of misery. The Sun (2010)When he loses interest, he borrows another one. Christianity Today (2000)Public sector net borrowing is likely to be pared back slightly to about 125 billion this year. Times, Sunday Times (2012)We thought about borrowing and buying another one, but that means further outlay and risk. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The criticism of the Government is not that it has expanded public borrowing to do this and to support demand. Times, Sunday Times (2010)There's also been a slight easing of credit conditions over the recent past and households have increased their net borrowing. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The borrowed money is used to pay for basic infrastructure on mothballed sites, which in turn allows building work to begin. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
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Translations for 'borrow'
British English: borrow /ˈbɒrəʊ/ VERB
If you borrow something that belongs to someone else, you take it, usually with their permission, intending to return it.
Can I borrow a pen please?
- American English: borrow
- Arabic: يُقارِض
- Brazilian Portuguese: tomar emprestado
- Chinese: 借
- Croatian: posuditi
- Czech: půjčit si
- Danish: låne
- Dutch: lenen
- European Spanish: pedir prestado
- Finnish: lainata joltakulta
- French: emprunter
- German: borgen
- Greek: δανείζομαι
- Italian: prendere in prestito
- Japanese: 借りる
- Korean: 빌리다
- Norwegian: låne
- Polish: pożyczyć
- European Portuguese: pedir emprestado
- Romanian: a împrumuta (a lua)
- Russian: занимать деньги
- Spanish: pedir prestado
- Swedish: låna
- Thai: ยืม
- Turkish: ödünç almak
- Ukrainian: позичати
- Vietnamese: mượn
Definition of borrow from the Collins English Dictionary
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