Word of the Day: Borrow

bor-row / ˈbärō,ˈbôrō




  1. to obtain or receive with the understanding and promise to return the same or equivalent

I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow.

Dorothy Dix, 1861-1951


  1. in finance, to accept a loan of money with the intention of returning the full amount plus interest

If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.

Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790


  1. to appropriate or adopt from a different or foreign source

We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle through their pockets for new vocabulary.

James Nicoll, 1961-


  1. in arithmetic, to take from one digit, as in subtraction, in order to add 10 to the digit holding the next lower place

When kids are learning two-digit addition and subtraction, one of the concepts they’ll encounter is regrouping, which is also known as borrowing and carrying, carry-over, or column math.

Deb Russell, ?-