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Synonyms of borrow in English:


  • 1 they borrowed a lot of money from the bank
    take as a loan, ask for the loan of, receive as a loan, use temporarily, have temporarily;
    lease, hire
    informal cadge, scrounge, sponge, beg, bum, touch someone for
    British informal scab
    Scottish informal sorn on someone for
    North American informal mooch
    Australian/New Zealand informal bludge
    [Antonyms] lend
  • 2 informal his workmates had ‘borrowed’ all his tools
    take, take for oneself, help oneself to, use as one's own, abscond with, carry off, appropriate, commandeer, abstract;
    informal filch, rob, swipe, nab, rip off, lift, ‘liberate’, snaffle, snitch
    British informal nick, pinch, half-inch, whip, knock off, nobble, bone, scrump, bag, blag
    North American informal heist, glom
    Australian/New Zealand informal snavel
    West Indian informal tief
    archaic crib, hook
  • 3 adventurous chefs borrow foreign techniques where appropriate
    adopt, take on, take in, take over, acquire, embrace
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