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World Bank

noun
  1. an international bank established in 1944 to help member nations reconstruct and develop, especially by guaranteeing loans: a specialized agency of the United Nations.
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Official name International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
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British Dictionary definitions for international bank for reconstruction and development

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

noun
  1. the official name for the World Bank Abbreviation: IBRD
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World Bank

noun
  1. an international cooperative organization established in 1945 under the Bretton Woods Agreement to assist economic development, esp of backward nations, by the advance of loans guaranteed by member governmentsOfficially called: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
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Word Origin and History for international bank for reconstruction and development

world bank

1930, originally of the Bank for International Settlements, set up in Basle by the League of Nations. The modern World Bank was created in 1944.

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