- help; support
- the act of assisting
- Brit informal
See national assistance
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
as•sis•tance (ə sis′təns),USA pronunciation n.
- the act of assisting;
- Medieval Latin assistentia. See assist, -ence, -ance
- late Middle English assistence 1375–1425
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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
assistance /əˈsɪstəns/ n
as•sist /əˈsɪst/USA pronunciation v.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to give support or aid (to);
help: [~ + object]She assisted me with my homework.[no object; (~ + in/with + object)]He was asked to assist with the investigation.
- Sport(in sports) a play or pass helping a teammate to score or put out an opponent:The basketball player had eight assists.
- a helpful act:He needed an assist when he was upset like that.
- assist is a verb and a noun, assistant and assistance are nouns, assistant can also be used as an adjective:They ran forward to assist her. He needed an assist with the heavy packages. He is the doctor's assistant. She needed assistance getting out of bed. She is an assistant professor.
as•sist (ə sist′),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to give support or aid to;
help:Please assist him in moving the furniture.
- to be associated with as an assistant or helper.
- to give aid or help.
- to be present, as at a meeting or ceremony.
- [Baseball.]a play that helps to put out a batter or base runner.
- Basketball, Ice Hockey. a play that helps a teammate in gaining a goal.
- the official credit scored for such plays.
- a helpful act:She finished her homework without an assist from her father.
- Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]an electrical, hydraulic, or mechanical means of increasing power, efficiency, or ease of use:a luxury automobile equipped with assists for brakes, steering, windows, and seat adjustment.
- Latin assistere to stand by, help, equivalent. to as- as- + sistere to (cause to) stand (si- reduplicative prefix + -ste- (variant of sta- stand) + -re infinitive suffix)
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sustain, abet, befriend;
back, promote. See help.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged hinder, frustrate.
'assistance' also found in these entries:
CARE - CEMA - CMEA - COMECON - Comecon - Council for Mutual Economic Assistance - Directory Assistance - EAP - Freemason - Royal British Legion - administer - aid - anxious seat - assist - assistance dog - asylum - attach - avail - backing - bear - beneficiary - benefit society - call in - cast - chip - comfort - consortium - contribute - contributor - cooperate - cooperation - corporate welfare - dead lift - deserve - deserving - direct-dial - distress - distress signal - encourage - first aid - flying phalanger - friend - full powered - generous - gift - go - grace - grubstake - guidance - hand