- (archaic) A ransom; a pledge or guarantee.
- (archaic) A surety; someone standing bail.
- 1819: "where am I to find such a sum? If I sell the very pyx and candlesticks on the altar at Jorvaulx, I shall scarce raise the half; and it will be necessary for that purpose that I go to Jorvaulx myself; ye may retain as borrows my two priests." " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
- To receive (something) from somebody temporarily, expecting to return it.
- To adopt (an idea) as one's own.
- (linguistics) To copy a word from another language.
- (arithmetic) In a subtraction, to deduct (one) from a digit of the minuend and add ten to the following digit, in order that the subtraction of a larger digit in the subtrahend from the digit in the minuend to which ten is added gives a positive result.
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