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aid

verb \ ˈād \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of aid

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 a new drug

aider

noun

Examples of aid in a Sentence

  1. They gave money in order to aid the cause.

  2. She aided them in their efforts.

  3. He jumped into the water to aid the drowning child.

  4. a home run that was aided by the wind

  5. She aided the government in the attempt to fight illiteracy.

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Origin and Etymology of aid

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


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aid

noun

Definition of aid

1 a :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
2 a 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

Examples of aid in a Sentence

  1. The project was completed with the aid of several students.

  2. The work was done with the aid of a computer.

  3. The government has given millions of dollars in economic aid to these nations.

  4. She applied for financial aid in order to go to college.

  5. The diagram is provided as an aid to understanding.

  6. The computer is an aid to keeping costs down.

  7. He teaches art with visual aids.

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Origin and Etymology of aid

see 1aid


AID

abbreviation

Definition of AID

1 Agency for International Development
2 artificial insemination by donor


AID Defined for Kids

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aid

verb \ ˈād \

Definition of aid for Students

aided; aiding
: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

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aid

noun

Definition of aid for Students

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.

Medical Dictionary

aid

noun \ ˈād \

medical Definition of aid

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

AID

abbreviation

medical Definition of AID

artificial insemination by donor

Law Dictionary

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aid

transitive verb

legal Definition of aid

: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

aider

noun

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aid

noun

legal Definition of aid

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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