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

The afterparty began in earnest after the first dance, aided by espresso martinis and Venetian masks, which were distributed among the guests. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Epic Lake Como Wedding Had It All: An Alta Moda Photoshoot, Fireworks, and a Surprise Opera," 11 Apr. 2019 Only a handful of people were on my street, mainly searchers in white Tyvek suits, prodding among the wreckage aided by cadaver dogs. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.," 17 Nov. 2018 The current president of the United States will not aid you, or anyone else, in your efforts, but that doesn’t mean you’re powerless to help Puerto Ricans still dealing with Maria’s aftermath. Danielle Campoamor, Teen Vogue, "Here’s How You Can Still Help Puerto Rico If You’re Not a Sitting U.S. President," 17 Sep. 2018 Bringing in the chamber was important, said U46 CEO Tony Sanders, because of its focus on career exploration, aided by the business community. Linda Mcdaniel-hale, Elgin Courier-News, "McDaniel-Hale: Vocational education needed," 1 June 2018 Yesterday, Kate Middleton paid a royal visit to Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre in London to learn about the organization's LEAP initiative, which aids aids parents, their children, and caretakers. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wore Her Gucci Blouse Backwards and We Almost Missed It," 13 Mar. 2019 Rather, the Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) will corrupt the FBI special agent, and will manipulate him into aiding him in his vendetta against Daredevil. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Bullseye joins Netflix’s Daredevil for season 3," 6 Oct. 2018 And its original focus was on Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 election and the possibility that members of the Trump team were actively involved in aiding that effort. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "What Rudy Giuliani gets totally wrong about Robert Mueller," 29 May 2018 Stanford’s victims came from across the globe, demonstrating how the international reach of mail delivered by ship and then air aided such crimes. Simon R. Gardner, The Atlantic, "98 Years of Mail Fraud," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Palestinian refugee Abdul Majid Abu Srour, 85, has been receiving aid from the United Nations since 1950. Trey Yingst, Fox News, "Palestinians decry US decision to cut aid to UN agency, call it a 'big mistake'," 7 Sep. 2018 The Elgin Fire Department’s Dive Team, with aid from dive teams from several suburban towns and sonar and robot equipment, looked for Elam until about 3 a.m. Thursday. Janelle Walker, Elgin Courier-News, "Man who drowned in Fox River during fireworks show ID'd as Elgin resident," 6 July 2018 Some of the aid from FEMA included more than $1.3 billion in support to survivors, a 62-day mission to provide food and water, and the installations of 2,193 generators, among other efforts, according to the agency. Nicole Acevedo /, NBC News, "New bill pushes for commission to investigate federal response to Puerto Rico hurricanes," 15 June 2018 Since Mueller began his investigation in 2017, a half-dozen of former Trump aids were indicted or convicted of crimes, most of which included conspiracy or lying to investigators. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Mueller Report Finds No Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion," 24 Mar. 2019 From 1953 through 1964, the federal government terminated the status of more than 100 tribes, withdrawing aid and services and confiscating millions of acres of Native land. Delilah Friedler, Teen Vogue, "Activist LaNada War Jack of the Bannock Nation Details Her Time Occupying Alcatraz," 21 Mar. 2019 Yesterday, Kate Middleton paid a royal visit to Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre in London to learn about the organization's LEAP initiative, which aids aids parents, their children, and caretakers. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wore Her Gucci Blouse Backwards and We Almost Missed It," 13 Mar. 2019 The rest of the game is full to burst with goofy, but heartfelt side quests in which Kiryu aids oddball citizens with bizarre problems. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 These include algorithms used for calculating prison sentences and allotting medical aid. James Vincent, The Verge, "When algorithms go wrong we need more power to fight back, say AI researchers," 8 Dec. 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 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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