Synonyms of borrow in English:


See definition of borrow


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 NZ informal bludge



2‘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 steal, purloin, shoplift

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 NZ informal snavel

West Indian informal tief

archaic, informal crib, hook

3‘adventurous chefs borrow foreign techniques where appropriate’


adopt, take on, take in, take over, acquire, embrace