from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something that is borrowed, especially a word borrowed from one language for use in another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of borrow.
  • n. An instance of borrowing something.
  • n. A borrowed word, adopted from a foreign language; loanword.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of taking or obtaining anything on loan or at second-hand.
  • n. The act of taking and using as one's own.
  • n. The thing borrowed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source
  • n. obtaining funds from a lender


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The so-called bonds that will be used to “repay” Northern Rock's £25 billion in borrowing from the Bank of England will be guaranteed by the Treasury and will therefore be indistinguishable from any other government borrowing.

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  • The term borrowing is not usually applied to words with roots from other languages like Latin and Greek.

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  • The term borrowing is not usually applied to words with roots from other languages (like Latin and Greek).

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  • Here he gives what I call borrowing the term from Steve Roach the tallest pygmy theory of America in the world economy.

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  • In these notes, the borrowing is the most direct, often corresponding word for word.


  • We can continue with short-term borrowing, which is very expensive.

    CNN Transcript Feb 26, 2004

  • "That's what you call borrowing a lover for ten minutes, is it?" said

    La Vendée

  • It raised the reverse repo rate - its short term borrowing rate - by 5.5 percent to 5.75 percent.

    The Seattle Times

  • As the Company continues to use Medallion Bank as a primary funding source, it refers more loans to Medallion Bank for origination to take advantage of current short term borrowing rates, which averaged 0.97% for the quarter, with new borrowing rates as low as 0.40%.

  • Additionally, Baylake Bank is approved to access, subject to pledging appropriate collateral, the Federal Reserve Discount Window for short term borrowing as necessary.

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