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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Recent Examples on the Web Yet the actress — who starred as Young Nala in the national tour of The Lion King and has appeared on TV shows like Family Reunion and The Good Doctor — is not merely another stylish Gen Z star borrowing from the Instagram-trendy decade. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Lexi Underwood Thinks The ’90s Drama On Little Fires Everywhere Is So Relatable," 18 Mar. 2020 In recent years when the markets were rising, hedge funds increased their borrowings. NBC News, "When will financial markets hit bottom? The past may not hold any clues.," 16 Mar. 2020 While the deal has a good rate, Boeing will have increased interest expenses from its borrowing. Chris Isidore, CNN, "The cost of the Boeing 737 Max crisis: $18.7 billion and counting," 10 Mar. 2020 Those companies have to repay their borrowings or find a way to refinance. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Russia’s oil price war could spark corporate defaults in the US," 10 Mar. 2020 In 2018, Congress and financial regulators loosened rules, encouraging investors to raise their borrowings. NBC News, "A dozen years after the 2008 recession, a different kind of debt threatens the world economy," 9 Mar. 2020 Despite gross debt nearing 240% of GDP, its borrowing remains absurdly cheap. The Economist, "Fiscal, natural, viral Japan’s GDP shrinks dramatically after a tax rise and a typhoon," 20 Feb. 2020 Americans increased their borrowing for the 22nd straight quarter as more households took out loans to buy homes or refinance existing mortgages, according to a report released Tuesday from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Washington Post, "Federal Reserve chair singles out coronavirus as economic risk," 11 Feb. 2020 The only way the U.S. could change this would be to dramatically contract its borrowing, which would likely cause a global recession. Joshua Zoffer, The New Republic, "To End Forever War, Keep the Dollar Globally Dominant," 3 Feb. 2020

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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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1 Apr 2020

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“Borrowing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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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