Meaning of “foreign aid” in the English Dictionary


"foreign aid" in English

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foreign aidnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌfɒr.ən ˈeɪd/ us /ˌfɔːr.ən ˈeɪd/

Examples from literature

  • Furthermore, the money that government takes away from us for foreign aid is used to subsidize our political enemies and economic competitors abroad. 
  • Meanwhile this country has continued to bear more than its share of the West's military and foreign aid obligations. 
  • No one can doubt or deny that the interest of various Governments, and the sense of justice among nations, gave the Poles a right to expect foreign aid. 
  • Our foreign aid does grievous harm to the American people by burdening them with excessive taxation, thus making it difficult for them to expand their own economy. 
  • The basic argument for foreign aid is that by helping the underdeveloped nations develop, we will keep them from falling under the dictatorship of communism. 

(Definition of “foreign aid” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"foreign aid" in Business English

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foreign aidnoun [ U ]


help that is given by a richer country to a poorer one, usually in the form of money or food:

Rich countries are cutting back on foreign aid as they trim large budget deficits.

(Definition of “foreign aid” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)