Meaning of 借

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Pinyin: jiè
English Definition: to lend; to borrow; by means of; to take (an opportunity)
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 10; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (person) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ rén ] man, person; people
    • [ ] past, former; ancient
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Example Words
借鉴 jiè jiàn to draw on (others' experience); to learn from (how others do things); lesson to be learned (by observing others)
借助 jiè zhù to draw support from; with the help of
借口 jiè kǒu to use as an excuse; on the pretext; excuse; pretext
凭借 píng jiè to rely on; to depend on; by means of; thanks to; sth that one relies on
借款 jiè kuǎn to lend money; to borrow money; loan
More: 借* | *借 | *借*
Example Sentences
I borrowed some books from him.
Will you lend me the book you borrowed from the library yesterday?
A whole week?I want to borrow books right now!
B: I know, and I kind of hate to bring this up now, but I really need that one hundred dollars you borrowed from me last month.
You might ask before you borrow my car.