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 for borrow
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Borrow \Bor"row\, n.
     1. Something deposited as security; a pledge; a surety; a
        hostage. [Obs.]
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              Ye may retain as borrows my two priests. --Sir W.
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     2. The act of borrowing. [Obs.]
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              Of your royal presence I'll adventure
              The borrow of a week.                 --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Borrow \Bor"row\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Borrowed; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Borrowing.] [OE. borwen, AS. borgian, fr. borg, borh,
     pledge; akin to D. borg, G. borg; prob. fr. root of AS.
     beorgan to protect. ?95. See 1st Borough.]
     1. To receive from another as a loan, with the implied or
        expressed intention of returning the identical article or
        its equivalent in kind; -- the opposite of lend.
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     2. (Arith.) To take (one or more) from the next higher
        denomination in order to add it to the next lower; -- a
        term of subtraction when the figure of the subtrahend is
        larger than the corresponding one of the minuend.
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     3. To copy or imitate; to adopt; as, to borrow the style,
        manner, or opinions of another.
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              Rites borrowed from the ancients.     --Macaulay.
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              It is not hard for any man, who hath a Bible in his
              hands, to borrow good words and holy sayings in
              abundance; but to make them his own is a work of
              grace only from above.                --Milton.
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     4. To feign or counterfeit. "Borrowed hair." --Spenser.
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              The borrowed majesty of England.      --Shak.
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     5. To receive; to take; to derive.
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              Any drop thou borrowedst from thy mother. --Shak.
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     To borrow trouble, to be needlessly troubled; to be
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: get temporarily; "May I borrow your lawn mower?" [ant:
           lend, loan]
      2: take up and practice as one's own [syn: adopt, borrow,
         take over, take up]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  86 Moby Thesaurus words for "borrow":
     abstract, act like, adopt, affect, and, annex, appropriate, assume,
     bag, boost, bum, cadge, chorus, cop, copy, counterfeit, crib,
     defraud, discount, discount notes, ditto, do, do like, draw, echo,
     embezzle, extort, fake, filch, float a loan, forge, get a loan,
     get into debt, get on credit, go in debt, go in hock, go like,
     hit one for, hit up, hoke, hoke up, hook, imitate,
     infringe a copyright, lend, lift, make like, make off with, mirror,
     mooch, negotiate a loan, nip, obtain, palm, pawn, pilfer, pinch,
     pirate, plagiarize, plunge into debt, poach, purloin, raise money,
     reecho, refer to, reflect, repeat, run away with, run into debt,
     rustle, scrounge, shave, shoplift, show a deficit, simulate, snare,
     snatch, snitch, sponge, steal, swindle, swipe, take, thieve, touch,
     walk off with

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     The Israelites "borrowed" from the Egyptians (Ex. 12:35, R.V.,
     "asked") in accordance with a divine command (3:22; 11:2). But
     the word (sha'al) so rendered here means simply and always to
     "request" or "demand." The Hebrew had another word which is
     properly translated "borrow" in Deut. 28:12; Ps. 37:21. It was
     well known that the parting was final. The Egyptians were so
     anxious to get the Israelites away out of their land that "they
     let them have what they asked" (Ex. 12:36, R.V.), or literally
     "made them to ask," urged them to take whatever they desired and
     depart. (See LOAN.)

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