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I have made decisions that turned out to be wrong, and went back and did it another way, and still took less time than many who procrastinated over the original decision. Your brain is capable of handling 140, 000 million bits of information in one second, and if you take hours or days or weeks to reach a vital decision, you are short-circuiting your most valuable property.
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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old English borgian, from Proto-Germanic. Cognate with German borgen.

Verb

Infinitive
to borrow

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to borrow (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To receive (something) from somebody temporarily, expecting to return it.
  2. To adopt (an idea) as one's own.
  3. (linguistics) To copy a word from another language.
  4. (arithmetic) 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.
Synonyms
Antonyms
  • (receive temporarily): give back (exchanging the transfer of ownership), lend (exchanging the owners), return (exchanging the transfer of ownership)
  • (in arithmetic): carry (the equivalent reverse procedure in the inverse operation of addition)
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

From Old English borg, from Proto-Germanic (related to Etymology 1, above).

Noun

Singular
borrow

Plural
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borrow ({{{1}}})
  1. (archaic) A ransom; a pledge or guarantee.
  2. (archaic) A surety; someone standing bail.
    • 1819: ”where am I to find such a sum? If I sell the very pyx and candlesticks on the altar at Jorvaulx, I shall scarce raise the half; and it will be necessary for that purpose that I go to Jorvaulx myself; ye may retain as borrows my two priests.” — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe

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