Definition of borrowing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒrəʊɪŋ/


[mass noun]
1The action of borrowing something: a curb on government borrowing [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.
1.1 [count noun] A word or idea taken from another language, person, or source and used in one’s own language or work: the majority of designs were borrowings from the continent
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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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