\ ˈlend-ˈlēs How to pronounce lend-lease (audio) \

Definition of lend-lease

: the transfer of goods and services to an ally to aid in a common cause with payment made by a return of the original items or their use in the cause or by a similar transfer of other goods and services

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lend-lease transitive verb

First Known Use of lend-lease

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lend-lease

U.S. Lend-Lease Act (1941)

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The first known use of lend-lease was in 1941

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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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