Within the context of computer science, I am trying to describe four different actions.

  1. Adopt - To receive some resource that I am responsible for
  2. Delegate - To pass on some resource that the receiver will now be responsible for
  3. Borrow - To receive some resource that I am not responsible for
  4. ? - To pass on some resource that the receiver will not be responsible for

Is there a suitable verb which I can use to describe the scenario in #4 that is clearly distinct from option #2?

Also are there any existing computer science terms to describe the other actions? (I think delegate could also be described as a "move")

  • It would seem like "misdirect" is most appropriate. (If the receiver is not responsible for it, why send it?)
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 4, 2016 at 14:00
  • @Hot Licks, yes its a bit awkward to describe but the receiver may want to inspect it, but will not have to dispose of it (Some one else will do that)
    – t123
    Jan 4, 2016 at 14:04
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    If that's your definition of borrow, remind me not to lend you my hedge trimmers.
    – Mazura
    Jan 4, 2016 at 14:24
  • So you're discussing ownership?
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 4, 2016 at 14:24
  • @HotLicks - Nope, we're discussing the single word for what Columbia House's business model is. Try as I might, solicitation doesn't fit.
    – Mazura
    Jan 4, 2016 at 14:45

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Perhaps "Lend" would work; as a complementary term to option 3 "Borrow", it should help the reader understand the concepts.


The first thing that comes to my mind is

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  • Hi, jera, This answer was flagged as low-quality because of its length and content. Can you try to post any reference/link and its essential parts to your answer? Thanks.
    – user140086
    Jan 4, 2016 at 15:33



because it means to pass or give (and another idea is give) to someone or something else, but it does not say anything about whether or not the recipient will have responsibility.


Unfortunately not a single word but one phrase that comes to mind is "wrong shipment". Pretty common issue and a jargon used in online marketing business as could be seen in the link below.


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