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  1. present participle and gerund of borrow
    She is borrowing my pen.
  2. (slang, crime) Slang term for shoplifting.

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borrowing (countable and uncountable, plural borrowings)

  1. An instance of something being borrowed.
    • January 1834, Horace Binney, Speech on the Question of the Removal of the Deposites
      Subscriptions, borrowings of money, taxings of the citizens and their property, may all be valid, as operations by virtue of laws for the government of the City []
  2. (linguistics) A borrowed word, adopted from a foreign language; loanword.

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