bor·​row·​ing | \ ˈbär-ə-wiŋ How to pronounce borrowing (audio) , ˈbȯr-\

Definition of borrowing

: something borrowed especially : a word or phrase adopted from one language into another

Examples of borrowing in a Sentence

He's compiling a list of Japanese borrowings in English. Students must have their own pencils. Borrowing is not allowed. Economists predict that there will be increases in government borrowing.
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Lowering borrowing costs for individuals and businesses could also help offset potential headwinds from the U.S.-China trade war, Powell has said. Alain Sherter, CBS News, "Dow joins S&P 500 in notching new all-time high," 21 June 2019 But that tightening forced emerging markets that rely on dollar borrowing to also raise rates, slowing their growth. Greg Ip, WSJ, "World Looms Large in Fed Rate Plans," 20 June 2019 Among the factors that could lead to a credit rating upgrade for the state are a comprehensive plan to address pension liabilities and progress towards paying down unpaid bills that doesn’t rely on long-term borrowing, according to Moody’s. Jamie Munks,, "Despite Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s legislative wins, Illinois ‘not out of the woods’ financially," 14 June 2019 Smaller increases would generate less money and could require Republicans to delay projects or rely on more borrowing. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Republicans appear nowhere near a deal on road funding," 5 June 2019 Even more concerning, Swonk said, is increased reliance on borrowing and increased credit-card defaults. Andrew Van Dam, Anchorage Daily News, "Americans are saving at the lowest rates since the housing bubble. That’s a big red flag for the economy.," 27 Jan. 2018 In February, McDaniel led the charge to block KentuckyWired’s request for an additional $20 million to cover what officials described as unanticipated borrowing costs. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Gnawing squirrels not enough to earn beleaguered Kentucky internet project $110M loan," 18 June 2019 With the divestitures, Enbridge is making good on a goal of selling at least $2.33 billion in assets this year to whittle down the $14.5 billion in borrowings from the Spectra deal, which diversified the company into North American gas pipelines. Kevin Orland And Alex Nussbaum, Houston Chronicle, "Enbridge cuts Spectra deal debt with asset sales," 9 May 2018 Fed rate cuts would aim to put a floor beneath the stock market, boost investor morale and lower borrowing costs for nervous businesses and households. Matt Egan, CNN, "Wall Street is clamoring for rate cuts. Banks not so much," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of borrowing

1609, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of borrowing was in 1609

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English Language Learners Definition of borrowing

: something that is borrowed especially : a word or phrase from one language that is used in another language
: the act of borrowing something especially : the act of borrowing money

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