borrow vs loan :

borrow or loan

In some dialects it is common to substitute “borrow” for “loan” or “lend,” as in “borrow me that hammer of yours, will you, Jeb?” In standard English the person providing an item can loan it; but the person receiving it borrows it.For “loan” vs. “lend, see “.”

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  • v  get temporarily
    May I borrow your lawn mower?
  • v  take up and practice as one's own

  • n  the temporary provision of money (usually at interest)
  • n  a word borrowed from another language; e.g. `blitz' is a German word borrowed into modern English
  • v  give temporarily; let have for a limited time
    loan me some money
News & Articles

  • WLOX Editorial: Don't leave the debt to the taxpayers
    Professional minor league baseball in Biloxi. It sounds like a good idea. To build a baseball stadium, the state will come up with $15 million and the city of Biloxi will borrow $21 million.
    June 16, 2013 - WLOX-TV Biloxi
  • Paper rules: Why borrowing an e-book from your library is so difficult
    E-books are firmly in the mainstream and no longer a new, scary technology. So why is it still so difficult to borrow an e-book from the public library? E-reader makers, software developers, and publishers all appear to be working at cross-purposes, and e-book lovers suffer for it.
    June 15, 2013 - Digital Trends
  • Carjacking suspect arrested
    HANFORD — Ask to borrow it, then take it anyway if the person says no.
    June 14, 2013 - The Hanford Sentinel

  • European Leveraged Loan Default Rate Ticks To 9-Month Low
    The default rate per the S&P European Leveraged Loan Index (ELLI) was 5.8% in May, down a notch from 5.9% tracked for the 12-month period ended April. The rate is at its lowest since August 2012, when it was 5%. In the 12 months ended May 31, the ELLI tracked €6.2 billion of institutional loan defaults and restructurings, compared with €6.3 billion at the previous monthly reading.
    June 13, 2013 - Forbes
  • Obama's energy loan program is no boondoggle after all
    During last year's presidential campaign, federal loan guarantees for alternative-energy companies became a GOP punch line. Mitt Romney referred to some of the recipients as "losers." Paul Ryan said they addressed "make-believe markets."
    June 13, 2013 - CNN Money
  • Everything you need to know about the student loan rate hike
    Student loan interest rates for the subsidized Stafford program are set to double on July 1. Here's what that means, and how Congress could prevent it.
    June 13, 2013 - Washington Post