aid

verb
\ ˈād \
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

In addition to recommending a diet that’s low in sugar, high in protein, and completely devoid of dairy, Peacock has also formulated a line of nutritional supplements targeting everything from immunity to sleep to best aid her clients. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "All the Ways Meghan Markle Has Transformed Prince Harry’s Bad Boy Health Habits," 4 Jan. 2019 Tokyo will follow up on Feb. 1 by implementing the European Union-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement offering similar breaks for the 28-country bloc’s agricultural products, aiding American rivals in France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. Jacob M. Schlesinger, WSJ, "U.S. Farmers Fear Lucrative Japanese Exports Will Wither," 25 Dec. 2018 Brinsworth House is supported by the Royal Variety Charity, which aids people who've worked in the entertainment industry and need assistance due to old age, illness, or hard times, according to Kensington Palace. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Fitted Floral Dress on a Solo Visit to a Nursing Home," 18 Dec. 2018 Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Balmain, and more created everything from coats and pants to boots and dresses from a futuristic metallic fabric that looked as though they had been aided in design by NASA. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wore a Metallic Top on “Carpool Karaoke”," 16 Oct. 2018 Beyond visible displays of chumminess, Trump has aided Putin’s agenda with his attacks on NATO and the European Union. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Mattis’s resignation was a scathing indictment of Trump’s foreign policy," 21 Dec. 2018 Now Sergio Martinez faces new charges of aiding and abetting a distribution of fentanyl that resulted in death, of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and of money laundering, according to the statement. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Alleged leader of Lawrence fentanyl trafficking ring charged in death of user," 14 July 2018 The result has been a great deal of gridlock—aided, in the Senate, by filibusters that used to be rare and are now the norm. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 If the car is registered to you, you can be charged with aiding and abetting. Kathleen Purvis And Myah Ward, charlotteobserver, "Here's what you need to know about drunk driving in the Carolinas," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent the evening attending a carol service in support of the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, which provides aid for children’s education in Uganda. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Why Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Skipped the Queen's Diplomatic Reception," 4 Dec. 2018 Some cars already come equipped with a small first-aid kit, says Lisa Robinson, a senior program manager for the National Safety Council. Brigitt Earley, Woman's Day, "6 Ways to Stay Safe on Your Next Family Road Trip," 29 Nov. 2018 Launched in September by the Amazon CEO and his wife MacKenzie, the fund’s dual mission is to provide aid for the homeless and to fund a network of nonprofit preschools. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Black Friday shoppers chose their screens over brick-and-mortar stores," 26 Nov. 2018 Also Wednesday, a United Nations aid agency called on Israel to allow emergency fuel into the Gaza Strip to avert the shutdown of hospitals and sanitation facilities. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Israeli jets strike Gaza terror targets after Hamas launches dozens of rockets," 2 Oct. 2018 Uber isn't the only ride-hail company providing aid. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Uber Is Donating Rides, Meals to Reunited Migrant Families," 9 Aug. 2018 North Korea, through state media, has criticized the U.S. for keeping aid workers from visiting the country. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "U.S. Dangles Possibility of Aid for North Korea as Nuclear Talks Remain Stalled," 19 Dec. 2018 The White House worked with Egypt to release Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American aid worker, from captivity in April 2017. Alex Ward, Vox, "Turkey releases US Pastor Andrew Brunson in a big win for Trump," 12 Oct. 2018 Beyoncé has a long history of giving scholarships to exceptional teens in need of financial aid. Dan Barna, Glamour, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z Just Surprised This Teenager With a $100,000 Scholarship," 21 Sep. 2018

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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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aid

verb
\ ˈād \
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 \

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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