Definition of borrowing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbärōiNG/


1The action of borrowing something: the borrowing of clothes [count noun]: the group had total borrowings of $570 million
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  • Marguerite Gracy, head of Bolton Libraries, says that while borrowing of books and audio visual material may be declining, the number of people visiting libraries is increasing.
  • All that is required for borrowing is a valid university identification card or a valid participating regional consortia card.
  • The most recent estimate of the total of Calonne's borrowing is 651 million livres.
1.1A word, idea, or method taken from another source and used in one’s own language or work: a hard-bop musician with some borrowings from free jazz
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  • Burying one's learned borrowings from ‘sources’ was a craft which one picked up from one's teachers.
  • How borrowings from Hindi words have changed since the end of the Raj is evident from what I once saw in London's Trafalgar Square.
  • The riot is ‘deconstructed’ to show how all its materials are forms of borrowings from other sources, a fact which apparently precludes it from being genuinely spiritual.

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Syllabification: bor·row·ing

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