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 In cases in which gathering does occur, such as in Nebraska, state leaders have asked that hosts keep a gues list to aid in contact tracing efforts. Fox News, "How Fourth of July in 2020 will be unlike any other: no beach, no booze, no BBQ," 4 July 2020 The University of Phoenix's online campus has nearly 15,000 students who receive GI Bill benefits, which can aid veterans, service members and their families, according to the VA's website. Grace Oldham, The Arizona Republic, "VA reverses course, won't suspend new GI Bill enrollments at University of Phoenix," 3 July 2020 Lyft also has a mask requirement in all 50 states, and airlines have instituted similar policies to aid in coronavirus prevention efforts. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "'No mask. No ride': Uber will require drivers and passengers to wear face masks indefinitely," 1 July 2020 Gyms cannot restart steam rooms or saunas, and must keep hand disinfectant and sanitizer readily available and provide customer visit records to aid in contact-tracing if anyone falls ill. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan gym owners furious over 11th-hour cancellation of planned reopening," 25 June 2020 To aid in compliance, the county will give away 1 million masks to businesses, starting Wednesday. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Despite COVID surge, Wolff does not see second lockdown," 22 June 2020 The Equality Project to aid in its goal of creating a world where diversity is celebrated, and all people are respected. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Gen Z’s Queer Icons Talk About Pride," 19 June 2020 The regulation was supposed to aid in the series’ social distancing guidelines that permitted no more than 20 total team members per driver to travel to TMS Saturday. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Honda drivers' pre-race setback due to social distancing rule that kept engine techs off grid," 9 June 2020 DeWine, a Republican, sent 100 Ohio National Guard troops to Washington at the request of U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to aid in the federal government’s response to ongoing protests. cleveland, "Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser requests Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine remove Ohio National Guard from capital," 6 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The price tag of these emergency packages is historically large -- totaling upwards of $2.8 trillion on total aid. Richard Escobedo, CBS News, "Fed's Neel Kashkari warns bank losses during COVID could trigger next financial crisis," 19 June 2020 Matthew Ajiake, president of the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce, said the fund would help offset a racial disparity in federal aid. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "SF creates coronavirus loan fund for black-owned businesses," 19 June 2020 However, the sanctions could deal a crushing blow to Syrian civilians, who already deal with widespread poverty and are highly reliant on outside aid. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for June 18: Rayshard Brooks, police, Covid-19, John Bolton, Syria," 18 June 2020 Eligible Harris County residents can apply for aid online or over the phone. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Another round of Harris County COVID-19 aid will launch next week. Here's how to apply," 18 June 2020 Stan Veuger, a resident scholar at the right-leaning think tank the American Enterprise Institute, attributed much of the rebound to the CARES Act, which was enacted in March and provided $1.7 trillion in aid. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Congressional action helped spur surprise economic rebound," 18 June 2020 One of the big changes to the program is that only the applicant for the aid must document hardship due to the novel coronavirus. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Arizona loosens rules so more renters hurt by COVID-19 should qualify for financial help," 16 June 2020 Britain has been more reluctant to splurge on aid than countries like France or Germany. Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg.com, "Virgin Atlantic Gets Funding Offers, Renews Plea for U.K. Aid," 14 June 2020 National figures marked the 10th straight weekly decline in applications for jobless aid since mid-March. Tom Davies, The Courier-Journal, "Indiana business leader warns state faces long economic recovery," 12 June 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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6 Jul 2020

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“Aid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aid. Accessed 7 Jul. 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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