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assist

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verb as·sist \ə-ˈsist\

Simple Definition of assist

  • : to give support or help : to make it easier for someone to do something or for something to happen

Full Definition of assist

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give usually supplementary support or aid to <assisted the boy with his lessons>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to give support or aid <assisted at the stove> <another surgeon assisted on the operation>

  5. 2 :  to be present as a spectator <the ideal figures assisting at Italian holy scenes — Mary McCarthy>

Examples of assist

  1. The device assists those who can't climb stairs.

  2. The President was assisted by his advisers.

  3. She assisted the boy with his homework.

  4. Another doctor assisted him with the operation.

  5. Another doctor assisted with the operation.

  6. Federal agents are assisting with the investigation.

  7. She assisted in making the decision.

  8. The cream assists in the prevention of skin cancer.



Origin of assist

Middle French or Latin; Middle French assister to help, stand by, from Latin assistere, from ad- + sistere to cause to stand; akin to Latin stare to stand — more at stand


First Known Use: 15th century


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assist

noun as·sist

Simple Definition of assist

  • : an action that helps someone

  • sports : an action (such as passing a ball or puck) that helps a teammate to score

Full Definition of assist

  1. 1 :  an act of assistance :  aid

  2. 2 :  the action (as a throw or pass) of a player who enables a teammate to make a putout or score a goal; also :  official credit given for such an action

  3. 3 :  a mechanical or electromechanical device that provides assistance

Examples of assist

  1. He had 3 goals and 2 assists in the hockey game.

  2. <with an assist from his dad, the youngster built a doghouse any canine would be proud to call home>



1597

First Known Use of assist

1597



ASSIST Defined for Kids

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assist

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verb as·sist \ə-ˈsist\

Definition of assist

as·sist·edas·sist·ing

  1. :  to give support or help <He assisted his mother in preparing dinner.>



Word Root of assist

The Latin word sistere, meaning “to stand,” “to appear,” “to stop,” or “to put,” gives us the root sist. Words from the Latin sistere have something to do with standing, appearing, stopping, or putting. To assist, or help, is to stand by someone in order to give aid. To consist is to be made up of a number of thing put together. To exist, or have actual being, is to appear real. To persist is to refuse to stop doing or saying something.


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assist

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noun as·sist

Definition of assist

  1. :  an act of supporting or helping <I finished my chores with an assist from my friends.>





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