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.
In a newspaper interview Sunday, he claimed the government had assisted the militants with arms and funds.
Whose Side Is Turkey On? Jamie Dettmer October 14, 2014
The acts ranged from the mundane to the unexpected: assisted a tourist with directions because he looked lost.
It’s Official: Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral Elizabeth Picciuto September 22, 2014
The models were assisted onto the platformed catwalk one-by-one, and their veils were lifted to reveal their faces.
The Blessing of Thom Browne Latest Collection Erin Cunningham February 10, 2014
Two LAPD patrol officers, who were in the area at the time, assisted Lalezary with detaining him.
Los Angeles Serial-Arson Suspect Charged Christine Pelisek January 2, 2012
Would Bashar al-Assad use chemical weapons against a NATO military operation like the one that assisted the Libyan opposition?
Assad’s Lethal Arsenal of WMD Bruce Riedel August 25, 2011
Together they lifted Berlin and assisted him to the house between them.
Frank Merriwell’s Son Burt L. Standish
And then very gently he awakened her and assisted her to rise.
A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
We changed position and assisted the 51st in repulsing the attack.
Personal Recollections of the Civil War James Madison Stone
But as this republic was not assisted by the Yugoslav Government it only lasted for a week.
The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2 Henry Baerlein
The friends of Cepheus, however, and those who assisted Perseus, were saved from the same fate by a previous warning of Perseus.
Heathen Mythology Various
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.
- Assisted dying
noun the suicide of a person afflicted by an incurable disease, using a lethal dose of drugs provided by a physician for this purpose
- Assisted reproduction
the use of medical techniques to bring about the conception and birth of a child, including artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, egg and embryo donation, and drug therapy. Contemporary Examples Part of the reason for this gap may simply be time: assisted reproduction has only been around, after all, for 30 years. The Dark Side […]
- Assisted living
housing or living arrangements for the elderly, infirm, or disabled, in which housekeeping, meals, medical care, and other assistance is available to residents as needed. Contemporary Examples Moments later he did so again at an assisted living facility named for the Hebrew word “peace.” Passover Week Hate Crimes Evoke Horrible History Thane Rosenbaum April 21, […]
- Assisted respiration
assisted respiration assisted respiration as·sist·ed respiration (ə-sĭs’tĭd) n. A procedure for applying mechanically or manually generated positive pressure to gases in or surrounding the airway during inhalation to augment movement of gases into the lungs. Also called assisted ventilation.