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.
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verb (used with object), lend-leased, lend-leas·ing.

to supply (matériel or services) as authorized by the Lend-Lease Act.

Nearby words

  1. lend,
  2. lend a hand,
  3. lend color to,
  4. lend itself to,
  5. lend one's ear,
  6. lendable,
  7. lender,
  8. lender of last resort,
  9. lending library,
  10. lendl

Origin of lend-lease

First recorded in 1935–40

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(during World War II) the system organized by the US in 1941 by which equipment and services were provided for countries fighting Germany
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