borrowing

noun
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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The Treasury began adjusting the size of its nominal coupon and two-year auction sizes last year to respond to increased borrowing needs. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Treasury Department to Scale Back Borrowing Plans in Early 2019," 30 Jan. 2019 The district's borrowing capacity stands at $39 million. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Beachwood Schools' Issue 2 falls short by just eight votes," 8 May 2018 Beyond that deadline, the Treasury can use special cash-management measures to preserve its borrowing capacity temporarily... Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Choose your news on the tax law: Boom or Bust?," 30 Jan. 2018 The economy’s near-record expansion hasn’t alleviated anxiety over borrowing. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Young Americans Faring Less Well in Credit Markets, New York Fed Report Finds," 2 Apr. 2019 Prada has long been intertwined with the art world, often collaborating with artists and borrowing elements from different movements as inspiration for its collections. Todd Plummer, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 100-Year-Old German Art School That’s Still Influencing the Fashion World," 13 Feb. 2019 Prada has long been intertwined with the art world, often collaborating with artists and borrowing elements from different movements as inspiration for its collections. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "One Century Later, Bauhaus Is Still a Major Fashion Influence," 13 Feb. 2019 Over 15 years, McClure banked on the promise that the government would always pay up, borrowing and stretching to grow the company. Neena Satija, The Seattle Times, "Federal contractors who lost health insurance during shutdown remain in limbo," 28 Jan. 2019 Their paper explored why people experiencing poverty make certain decisions, like excessive borrowing. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Social science has a complicated, infinitely tricky replication crisis," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of borrowing

1609, in the meaning defined above

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borrowing

noun

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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More from Merriam-Webster on borrowing

Spanish Central: Translation of borrowing

Nglish: Translation of borrowing for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of borrowing for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about borrowing

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