aid

verb
\ ˈād How to pronounce aid (audio) \
aided; aiding; aids

Definition of aid

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

: to provide with what is useful or necessary in achieving an end aid a cause aid a friend

intransitive verb

: to give assistance research that aided in the discovery of a new drug

aid

noun

Definition of aid (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : the act of helping someone climbers in need of aid
b : help given : assistance providing aid and comfort specifically : tangible means of assistance (such as money or supplies) government aid
2a chiefly US : aide worked as a teacher's aid
b : something by which assistance is given : an assisting device an aid to understanding a visual aid — see hearing aid
3 : a subsidy granted to the king by the English parliament until the 18th century for an extraordinary purpose
4 : a tribute paid by a vassal to his lord

Definition of AID (Entry 3 of 3)

1 Agency for International Development
2 artificial insemination by donor

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Other Words from aid

Verb

aider noun

Examples of aid in a Sentence

Verb They gave money in order to aid the cause. She aided them in their efforts. He jumped into the water to aid the drowning child. a home run that was aided by the wind She aided the government in the attempt to fight illiteracy. Noun The project was completed with the aid of several students. The work was done with the aid of a computer. The government has given millions of dollars in economic aid to these nations. She applied for financial aid in order to go to college. The diagram is provided as an aid to understanding. The computer is an aid to keeping costs down. He teaches art with visual aids.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hiring talented Palestinians for software-engineer jobs at tech startups is aiding in the commission of war crimes? David Harsanyi, National Review, "The United Nations Once Again Proves Its Anti-Semitism," 13 Feb. 2020 The Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSPAR) mandates such cooperation—but the agency recently denied a petition from New York to aid in dealing with out-of-state pollution sources. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Deadly Air Pollution Doesn’t Respect State Borders," 12 Feb. 2020 All ticket profits will go to rural and regional fire services, Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery and RSPCA Bushfire Appeal to aid in rescue, relief and recovery and rehabilitation efforts. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, "Adam Lambert, Queen & More to Perform at Fire Fight Australia Benefit Concert," 12 Jan. 2020 Vásquez says the legal defense fund could aid other native communities in their legal challenges and might support non-native causes, as well as cases involving voting rights and census counts. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "If Tap Pilam is building a nation, it’s just getting started," 11 Jan. 2020 Taila Face Oil contains botanical extracts to aid in the skin’s renewal process by hydrating, firming and diminishing dark spots. Jean Chen Smith, Cincinnati.com, "2019/2020 winter running guide: How to stay warm, safe and healthy," 29 Nov. 2019 After serving as spiritual leader for many years at a congregation in Woodbridge, Rabbi Eisenberg stepped down from the pulpit to become a certified addiction counselor, hoping to aid in the fight against chemical addiction in the Jewish community. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 22 Nov. 2019 The checkered American walnut stock features a Monte Carlo comb to aid in scope use, and the tubular magazine holds 11 rounds. Chris Christian, Outdoor Life, "The 12 Best Budget Guns for Coyote Hunting," 20 Nov. 2019 Ross had testified that the Justice Department requested the query to aid in the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. Washington Post, "Judge says he will likely uphold House subpoenas in investigation of census citizenship question," 31 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As ISAs migrate from the margins of financial aid to the mainstream, the debate around them grows louder. Caroline Preston, Wired, "A Coding School Tuition Model Spreads to 4-Year Colleges," 19 Feb. 2020 As both China and Russia step up their presence and investments, the United States has proposed cutting aid and development funding to African states — which still dwarfs that of China and Russia. Abdi Latif Dahir, New York Times, "On Tour, Pompeo Courts Africa, to Counter China," 18 Feb. 2020 What’s not ok is providing aid and comfort to the enemy and willfully serving as a propaganda tool for those engaged in hostilities against the United States. Krista S. Kano, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio Sec. of State Frank LaRose urges Kent State to cancel Jane Fonda talk," 18 Feb. 2020 After aid to a country spikes, money departs for offshore havens. The Economist, "The Goldberg variations The World Bank loses another chief economist," 13 Feb. 2020 Incidentally, Israel was delivering aid to refugees of that conflict at the time. David Harsanyi, National Review, "The United Nations Once Again Proves Its Anti-Semitism," 13 Feb. 2020 While Los Angeles was abuzz with and New York was up to its , down in Dallas, a group gathered to fundraise for UNICEF, the United Nations agency providing humanitarian aid to children around the world. Vogue, "Bigger in Texas: UNICEF’s Dallas Gala Broke A Fundraising Record," 8 Feb. 2020 But many of the students don’t bring any aid to the district to offset voucher costs, thanks to complicated state law. Patrick O'donnell, cleveland, "Voucher confusion: School tax on ballot may be needed, or state may come to rescue," 8 Feb. 2020 Bolton, who served as Trump's national security adviser during the time period in which aid to Ukraine was held up, was a Fox News contributor for 11 years, and only left the job in order to join the Trump administration. Brian Stelter, CNN, "John Bolton goes from Fox News contributor to subject of criticism," 27 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of aid

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for aid

Verb and Noun

Middle English eyden, from Anglo-French aider, from Latin adjutare, frequentative of adjuvare, from ad- + juvare to help

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The first known use of aid was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Aiding. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for aid

aid

verb
\ ˈād How to pronounce aid (audio) \
aided; aiding

Kids Definition of aid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to provide what is useful or necessary : help “… might not your energies have been better directed toward finding and aiding your master?”— J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire

aid

noun

Kids Definition of aid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of helping
2 : help given The teacher sought the aid of several students for the project.
3 : someone or something that is of help or assistance The compass is an aid to navigation.

aid

noun
\ ˈād How to pronounce aid (audio) \

Medical Definition of aid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of helping or treating also : the help or treatment given in need of immediate medical aid
2 : an assisting person or group a laboratory aid — compare aide
3 : something by which assistance is given : an assisting device a visual aid especially : hearing aid

Medical Definition of AID (Entry 2 of 2)

artificial insemination by donor

Legal Definition of aid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to provide with what is useful in achieving an end conspiracy to counsel or aid draft resisters— K. A. Cohen often used in the phrase aid and abet — see also abet

intransitive verb

: to be of use aided in the commission of the crime

Other Words from aid

aider noun

aid

noun

Legal Definition of aid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of aiding render aid to the principal
2 : help given especially : tangible means of assistance (as money or supplies) aid to the disabled giving aid and comfort to the enemy

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