KJV Dictionary Definition: borrow


BOR'ROW, v.t.

1. To take from another by request and consent, with a view to use the thing taken for a time, and return it, or if the thing taken is to be consumed or transferred in the use, then to return an equivalent in kind; as, to borrow a book, a sum of money,or a loaf of bread. It is opposed to lend.

2. To take from another, for one's own use; to copy or select from the writings of another author; as, to borrow a passage from a printed book; to borrow a title.

3. To take or adopt for one's own use, sentiments, principles, doctrines and the like; as, to borrow instruction.

4. To take for use something that belongs to another; to assume, copy or imitate; as, to borrow a shape; to borrow the manners of another, or his style of writing.

BOR'ROW, n. A borrowing; the act of borrowing. Not used.

But of your royal presence I'll adventure.

The borrow of a week.


BOR'ROWED, pp. Taken by consent of another, to be returned or its equivalent in kind; copies; assumed.


BOR'ROWER, n. One who borrows; opposed to lender. See the verb.

1. One who takes what belongs to another to use as one's own.


BOR'ROWING, ppr. Taking by consent to use and return, or to return its equivalent; taking what belongs to another to use as one's own; copying; assuming; imitating.

BOR'ROWING, n. The act of borrowing. See the verb.