AskDefine | Define borrowing

Dictionary Definition



1 the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source; "the borrowing of ancient motifs was very apparent" [syn: adoption]
2 obtaining funds from a lender

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. present participle of borrow
    She is borrowing my pen.


  1. An instance of borrowing something.
  2. In the context of "linguistics": A borrowed word, adopted from a foreign language.

Extensive Definition

Borrow or borrowing can mean: to receive (something) from somebody temporarily, expecting to return it.
  • In finance, monetary debt
  • In language, the use of loanwords
  • In arithmetic, when a digit become smaller than limit and the deficiency is taken from the next digit to the left
  • In music, the use of borrowed chords
  • In the Discworld fictional universe - "the art of overlaying one's hi mind on the mind of another creature so that she can see through its eyes and steer its actions" as practised by the character Granny Weatherwax

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accounts payable, accounts receivable, amount due, appropriation, autoplagiarism, bad debts, bill, bills, borrowed word, calque, charges, cheap money, chits, cribbing, debt, discounting, due, dues, financial commitment, floating debt, foreignism, funded debt, indebtedness, indebtment, infringement of copyright, lending, liability, literary piracy, loan translation, loan word, maturity, money market, national debt, note discounting, note shaving, obligation, outstanding debt, paronym, piracy, plagiarism, plagiarizing, plagiary, pledge, public debt, score, tight money, uncollectibles, unfulfilled pledge
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