bor·row·ing | \ ˈbär-ə-wiŋ , 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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Although the exact dollar amount was not included on the ballot, officials estimated the center would require $3.6 million in borrowing. Linda Greenstein,, "Groveland voters say no to senior center," 9 May 2018 Shortly after the referendum, the OBR forecast that borrowing would rise by more than £100bn; the £12bn reduction in forecast borrowing is relative to that much higher level. The Economist, "The chancellor boasts of good news, but the Brexit effect is plain to see," 14 Mar. 2018 The uptick in borrowing is yet another complication in the heated debates in Congress over whether to spend more money on infrastructure, the military, disaster relief and other domestic programs. The Washington Post,, "Government set to borrow nearly $1 trillion this year, an 84 percent jump from last year," 4 Feb. 2018 Investments Risks: China retaliates by dumping its massive holdings of U.S. government bonds, a move that would likely boost borrowing costs in the U.S. for consumers, businesses and the federal government and cause tumult in financial markets. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Trade wars are damaging, so why is Trump fighting one with China?," 13 July 2018 The economy is deemed too weak to cope with higher borrowing costs. The Economist, "The economy has slowed to a standstill, largely because of Brexit," 21 June 2018 Viva La Vida turned out to be a rich, transitional release, borrowing from their most disparate core of influences. Shawn Cooke, Billboard, "'Viva La Vida' Turns 10: How Coldplay Made the Last Massive Experimental Rock Album," 17 June 2018 His rise in popularity has been a mix of opportunism and borrowing from the success of other right-wing politicians, Dr Davide Vampa, an expert in Italian politics from Aston University told Euronews. Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, "Texas skills gap is stressing the South's economy, report finds," 12 June 2018 The strategy includes snagging 200,000 more customers as a way for Flagstar to gain lower-cost deposits to support loan growth and move away from higher-cost borrowing from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "How to plan for next round of Fed interest rate hikes," 9 June 2018

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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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