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.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2020, Beijing started cracking down on excessive borrowing by developers in a bid to rein in their high leverage and curb runaway housing prices. Laura He, CNN, 22 Mar. 2022 The concept was introduced after a year-long regulatory assault on the private sector, as well as a cap on real-estate borrowing that led to the default of one of China’s largest property developers, China Evergrande. Chang Che, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 If eliminated, it could be seen as fiscally irresponsible, as the government should have checks and balances and a ceiling on its borrowing. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, investors have punished shares of some financial-technology companies that helped fuel a recent surge in consumer borrowing, such as Affirm Holdings and Upstart Holdings . Matt Grossman, WSJ, 11 Apr. 2022 By contrast, lawmaker Antonio Misiani, who speaks on economic policy for the Democratic Party supporting the premier, had said widening the deficit shouldn’t be taboo, and some politicians sought as much as 30 billion euros in new borrowing. Alessandra Migliaccio,, 6 Apr. 2022 With interest on the $45 million in borrowing, the county would spend about $55 million on the new facility. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Mar. 2022 That said, the increase in borrowing is not something of concern, economists for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 8 Feb. 2022 The rapid price increases have raised pressure on the Federal Reserve, which has pegged its benchmark interest rate at nearly zero to spur more borrowing and spending., 13 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

26 May 2022

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“Borrowing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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