: 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
lend-lease transitive verb

Examples of lend-lease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a nod to some of the critics, meanwhile, the fourth bill incorporates former president Donald Trump’s preferred formulation for Ukraine assistance — a lend-lease program. The Editors, National Review, 17 Apr. 2024 To fully implement a lend-lease program, NATO must begin to consolidate the equipment Ukraine will need for the coming weeks and months of war and establish warehouses for supplies just across the border from Ukraine in Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. Alexander Vindman, Foreign Affairs, 11 May 2022

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Word History


U.S. Lend-Lease Act (1941)

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lend-lease was in 1941

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“Lend-lease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lend-lease. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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