- the matériel and services supplied by the U.S. to its allies during World War II under an act of Congress (Lend-Lease Act) passed in 1941: such aid was to be repaid in kind after the war.
- the two-way transfer of ideas, styles, etc.
- to supply (matériel or services) as authorized by the Lend-Lease Act.
Origin of lend-lease
First recorded in 1935–40
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Examples from the Web for lend-lease
Forget our military involvement; this begins with lend-lease.The Case Against Isolation
September 13, 2013
That we're here is a sort of lend-lease in reverse, you might say.Dave Dawson at Casablanca
Robert Sydney Bowen
Negotiations with other lend-lease countries are in progress.
The first of the lend-lease settlement agreements has been completed with the United Kingdom.
During the war, 15 cents of each dollar of our war expenditures was for lend-lease aid.
The main sources of the increase were lend-lease ships from the United States and war reparations.East-West Trade Trends
Harold E. Stassen
- (during World War II) the system organized by the US in 1941 by which equipment and services were provided for countries fighting Germany