Meaning of LOAN in English


BAD : The military government loaned millions of dollars from the world bank.

GOOD : The military government borrowed millions of dollars from the world bank.


loan = (1) (noun) a sum of money that you borrow, usually from a bank: 'They are currently negotiating a $100 million loan.'

(2) (verb) lend a painting, work of art etc to an art gallery or museum: 'The pictures have been loaned to the National Gallery for the forthcoming exhibition.'

(3) (verb; especially in American English) let someone use something; lend: 'Why don't you ask John if he'll loan you his car?'

borrow = receive money or something that a bank or person agrees to lend you: 'By the end of the war the Canadian government had borrowed over $5 million from its own citizens.'

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