foreign aid

noun

Definition of foreign aid

: assistance (such as economic aid) provided by one nation to another

Examples of foreign aid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's money to study doping in horse racing, study the succession (or reincarnation) of the Dalai Lama and mainland China's future reaction to it, and billions for foreign aid--a lot of it for countries that aren't necessarily allies. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: Extended holiday," 28 Dec. 2020 Instead they’ll be funded by Pakistan, America’s oldest and least-reliable friend in the region, which is also a major recipient of American foreign aid. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Afghanistan’s Impossible Mission," 17 Mar. 2021 Egypt has been one of the highest recipients of U.S. military aid for decades, receiving over $84 billon in foreign aid since 1946, according to the congressional research service. Hatem Maher, ABC News, "Biden faces 1st test with Egypt over human rights, weapon sales," 18 Feb. 2021 The Helms Amendment was enacted in 1973 and bars the use of US foreign aid for performing abortions, not just to foreign non-profits, but to governments, multilateral organizations and US non-profits. Kara Fox And Nicole Gaouette, CNN, "Reproductive rights groups cautiously welcome Biden's reversal of Trump's abortion access restrictions," 30 Jan. 2021 Some cited the administration's plan to freeze some foreign aid payments that have been approved by Congress. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "'Completing the job': Subdued Donald Trump and aides struggle to get to the finish line," 15 Jan. 2021 That title of the bill contains billions in foreign aid critics say should not be spent at this time, including $10 million for a gender equity program in Pakistan. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Christmas chaos: Lawmakers block competing bills amid Trump threat to reject COVID-19 aid," 24 Dec. 2020 Papua New Guinea is the largest recipient of Australian foreign aid. Rod Mcguirk, Star Tribune, "Australian leader dismisses reports of China-built city," 8 Feb. 2021 Afghanistan’s poverty rate was expected to reach over 70 percent in 2020, according to the World Bank, and the country remains largely dependent on foreign aid; domestic revenues finance only about half the government budget. New York Times, "In Afghanistan, a Booming Kidney Trade Preys on the Poor," 6 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of foreign aid

1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Foreign aid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foreign%20aid. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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