borrowing

noun

bor·​row·​ing ˈbär-ə-wiŋ How to pronounce borrowing (audio)
ˈbȯr-
: 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 Now, soaring borrowing costs and home prices threaten to erode those gains. Chicago Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 Ukraine could also delay paying some government salaries and increase domestic borrowing to extend its finances through February, Mr. Marchenko, the finance minister, said, confirming a report in The Wall Street Journal last week. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2024 But the economy unexpectedly kept growing and employers kept hiring and resisting layoffs despite higher borrowing costs. Paul Wiseman, Fortune, 12 Feb. 2024 However, since the Hindenburg report, the group has worked on reducing its borrowing. Diksha Madhok, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 The high cost of borrowing has become a headache for David Kelleher's Chrysler-Jeep dealership just outside of Philadelphia. Christopher Rugaber, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2024 Interest rate cuts would lower borrowing costs for consumers and businesses, potentially triggering a burst of economic activity through greater household spending and company investment. Max Zahn, ABC News, 2 Feb. 2024 While these hard edges are largely being digested, others are more persistent: Higher interest rates that have pushed up borrowing costs for households and firms are likely to stay relatively high. Mike Sommers, Fortune Europe, 1 Feb. 2024 Higher official borrowing costs push up the cost of capital, which tends to dampen borrowing by households and businesses, reining in overall spending in the economy. Anna Cooban, CNN, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of borrowing was in 1609

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“Borrowing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/borrowing. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

borrowing

noun
bor·​row·​ing ˈbär-ə-wiŋ How to pronounce borrowing (audio)
ˈbȯr-
: something borrowed
especially : a word or phrase adopted from one language into another
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