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

But Hodeidah, a city of around 400,000 people, is also a vital conduit for supplies for Yemen as a whole, with around 80% of food and foreign aid flowing through its port, according to the United Nations. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "Saudi Coalition Enters a Key Airport in Yemen," 15 June 2018 Trump floated the threat about foreign aid in a tweet early Tuesday morning. The Washington Post, AL.com, "Trump threatens to cut aid to Honduras; send military to border," 3 Apr. 2018 Trump floated the threat about foreign aid in a tweet early Tuesday morning. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says he’ll send military to guard US-Mexico border, threatens foreign aid to Honduras," 3 Apr. 2018 In 2014, when the last migration wave was peaking, the $295 million that America spent on foreign aid in Central America was less than 10 percent of our overall border-security program. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "The place to save desperate, crying kids isn't the U.S. border. It's Honduras and Guatemala | Will Bunch," 21 June 2018 That changed under President Barack Obama’s administration, which sent the cheese to food banks and school lunch programs, or in foreign aid packages. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Why Trump’s trade agenda might worsen America’s cheese glut," 4 July 2018 However, the poorest countries will still need foreign aid. The Economist, "The price of human livesMore and wiser health-care spending could save millions of lives," 26 Apr. 2018 In his tweets about the caravan earlier this week, Trump threatened to pull foreign aid from Honduras -- where many of the caravan's participants are emigrating from. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, "Trump takes credit over border crossings, but says tougher action needed," 5 Apr. 2018 In an op-ed for The Hill, Oglesby called for leaders in Congress to tour Central America in order to see the problems first-hand, and also for tying foreign aid to ending political graft. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "The place to save desperate, crying kids isn't the U.S. border. It's Honduras and Guatemala | Will Bunch," 21 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'foreign aid.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of foreign aid

1947, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about foreign aid

Share foreign aid

Statistics for foreign aid

Last Updated

26 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for foreign aid

The first known use of foreign aid was in 1947

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on foreign aid

See words that rhyme with foreign aid

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about foreign aid

Comments on foreign aid

What made you want to look up foreign aid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to reject or criticize sharply

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!