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Pronunciation: /ˈbɑːrəʊ; ˈbɒrəʊ/

Translation of borrow in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (have on loan) the ladder/jacket is borrowed la escalera/chaqueta es prestada may I borrow your pencil for a second? ¿me prestas or (in Spain also/en España también) me dejas el lápiz un momento? why don't you borrow Sally's hat? ¿por qué no le pides el sombrero prestado a Sally? is it all right if I borrow this chair? ¿le importa si me llevo la silla? he had to borrow some money tuvo que pedir dinero prestado to borrow sth from sb pedirle* prestado algo a algn I borrowed a ladder from Tim le pedí una escalera prestada a Tim I borrowed $5,000 from the bank pedí un préstamo de 5.000 dólares al banco he was living on borrowed time tenía los días contados
    Example sentences
    • Recovering from knee replacement surgery in Lismore Base Hospital, Elaine Avery is well aware of the need to return borrowed orthopaedic equipment when it is no longer needed.
    • Mr O'Brien told investigators in 1975 that on the day Hoffa vanished, he borrowed a car belonging to Giacolone's son to run some errands.
    • Meanwhile, retired dairy farmer Ted Dibble has vowed to borrow a horse and return to the sport if the Government's anti-hunting proposal becomes law.
    1.2 (from library) sacar* I borrowed it from the library lo saqué de la biblioteca books can be borrowed for up to three weeks los libros se pueden tener hasta tres semanas
    Example sentences
    • At the end of the 20-30 minute session, mothers are able to peruse parenting resources provided by the library and borrow picture books with the babies.
    • Space is all very well, in the right place, but people come to libraries mainly to borrow books.
    • She pointed out that it costs nothing for teenagers to join the library and borrow books, CDs, videos and tapes from the new multimedia section for their age group.
  • 2 [idea] sacar*; [word] tomarto borrow sth from sth an idea I borrowed from television una idea que saqué de la televisión, una idea que me dio la televisión a term borrowed from German un préstamo del alemán, una palabra tomada del alemán
    Example sentences
    • Most English words were borrowed from some other language.
    • The idea was borrowed from Vancouver, where a help meter in front of a store proved so popular with customers that panhandlers stopped begging there.
    • Deconstructivism ideas are borrowed from the French philosopher Jacques Derrida.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [Finance] pedir* or [formal] solicitar préstamos or créditos
    Example sentences
    • The reason they can do that is that trading banks actually borrow large sums of money, and they are able to put up for taxation purposes the interest they pay on it.
    • It is unlikely that the politicians and leaders of the area would empathize with the plight of Sabitri and other such women or children being held at ransom for a paltry sum of money borrowed by labourers.
    • Companies need to borrow enormous sums of money to buy back their shares in the market.

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