to give support or aid to; help:
Please assist him in moving the furniture.
to be associated with as an 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.
Machinery. 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.
Known as the “super intern” on the hit MTV reality show The Hills, she went on to assist Vogue stylist Elissa Santisi.
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Crossroads has another potential super PAC weapon to assist McConnell in a primary fight if he needs it.
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The National Guard was called in to assist, along with dozens of salt trucks and snowplows from surrounding cities.
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About $10 billion in federal money goes into a funding stream to states that then assist low-income families with child care.
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The Grossman Burn Foundation has also offered to assist Nadia, through its Afghan Reconstructive Surgery and Burn Center Project.
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As a rule, he accompanies his master to all dinner-parties to assist in waiting.
Life and sport in China Oliver G. Ready
To assist the prediction of the course and occurrence of storms.
Scientific American Supplement, No. 433, April 19, 1884 Various
In the midst of their terrible dilemma, kind brother John seemed as an angel sent by Heaven to assist them.
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What is to be said about neglecting to warn or assist others?
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When the seeds are small, many should be planted together, that they may assist each other in breaking the soil.
A Treatise on Domestic Economy Catherine Esther Beecher
to give help or support to (a person, cause, etc); aid
to work or act as an assistant or subordinate to (another)
(hockey:Ice) to help (a team-mate) to score, as by passing the puck
(archaic) (intransitive) foll by at. to be present; attend
(US & Canadian) the act of helping; aid; assistance
(baseball) the act of a player who throws or deflects a batted ball in such a way that a team is enabled to put out an opponent
a pass or other action by a player which enables another player to score a goal
a credit given for such an action
early 15c., from Middle French assister “to stand by, help, put, place, assist” (14c.), from Latin assistere “stand by, take a stand near, attend,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + sistere “take a stand, cause to stand,” from PIE *siste-, reduplicated form of root *sta- “to stand” (see stet). Related: Assisted; assisting. Medical assisted suicide attested from 1884.
1570s, “an act of assistance,” from assist (v.). In the sporting sense attested 1877 in baseball, 1925 in ice hockey.
- Assist-control ventilation
assist-control ventilation assist-control ventilation as·sist-con·trol ventilation (ə-sĭst’kən-trōl’) n. A method of artificial respiration in which inspiration is produced automatically after a set interval if the person has not begun to inspire earlier.
- Assistance dog
noun a dog that has been specially trained to live with and accompany a disabled person, carrying out such tasks as prompting them to take medication or assisting them to cross a road
the act of ; help; aid; support. Contemporary Examples He told her that the State Department “unreasonably refused to provide necessary information and assistance.” Iraq Audit Warns of ‘Bottomless Pit’ Aram Roston October 23, 2011 And when Alex Romanov, another broker, offers Grove his assistance, things only get more complicated. This Week’s Hot Reads The […]
the act of ; help; aid; support. Historical Examples He received two millions in cash from the King, and other assistances. The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete Duc de Saint-Simon But all these things are only desirable embellishments and assistances. Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860 George Saintsbury And when they […]