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 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for aid

Synonyms: Verb

abet, assist, back, backstop, help, prop (up), support

Synonyms: Noun

abetment, assist, assistance, backing, boost, hand, help, helping hand, leg up, lift, support

Antonyms: Verb

hinder

Antonyms: Noun

hindrance

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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

Early Years will launch in 2019 as an all-encompassing program aimed at aiding disadvantaged children from birth onward. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Had Two Secret Meetings This Week While Everyone Was Focused on Harry & Meghan," 19 Oct. 2018 The prohibition pledges fines and imprisonment for those aiding the group. Casey Newton, The Verge, "There’s a crack at the heart of Facebook’s advertising business," 4 Oct. 2018 The 33-year-old woman, of Marion, pleaded guilty to charges of neglect, aiding child molesting and assisting a criminal. Fox News, "Convicted molester's girlfriend admits letting him assault daughter, 10, resulting in pregnancy," 28 Sep. 2018 Moisturizing helps keep your skin less prone to dryness and irritation, and can sometimes aid with exfoliation to prevent a buildup of dead skin on top of a follicle, which increases the odds the hair will get trapped, Dr. Conrad explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "We Asked Dermatologists How to Prevent Those Painful Ingrown Hairs by Your Vulva," 8 Aug. 2018 And a retired Thai SEAL diver, Saman Gunan, 38, died during the effort to bring air tanks into the cave to aid in the rescue. Hannah Beech, The Seattle Times, "For some Thai soccer-team members, cave ordeal was only their latest test," 10 July 2018 And a retired Thai SEAL diver, Saman Gunan, 38, died during the effort to bring air tanks into the cave to aid in the rescue. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Stateless and Poor, Some Boys in Thai Cave Had Already Beaten Long Odds," 10 July 2018 In the second half of the season, Louisville adjusted to push its front seven up to aid in the running game. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can’t) beat Georgia Tech," 7 July 2018 The Board of Selectmen in early June hired the consulting firm, Municipal Resources, Inc. to aid in the search and appointed a 11-member screening committee, according to board chairwoman Suzie Barry. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Consulting firm hired to help find new Lexington town manager," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The virtual reality was more of an aid than a treatment itself. NBC News, "Virtual reality helps cure real-life fear of heights, study finds," 11 July 2018 Millions are near famine and aid delivery is often blocked in one of the world's most dangerous countries for humanitarian workers. Fox News, "Sudan says South Sudan rival leaders reach deal on security," 7 July 2018 The General Assembly in 2011 approved a $291 million package of financial aid to bring Jackson Lab to Connecticut in exchange for creating 300 direct jobs over 10 years. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "State's Venture Capital Fund Forgives $166 Million Loan As Jackson Lab Exceeds Jobs Goal," 6 July 2018 Millions are near famine and aid delivery is often blocked in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for humanitarian workers. Sam Mednick, The Seattle Times, "South Sudan wants to extend president’s term until 2021," 3 July 2018 The rare refuge was offered after the IDF provided several tons of humanitarian aid to camps that are filled with tens of thousands of refugees along Israel's border. Jewish Journal, "IDF grants entry to Syrian adults, orphans for medical aid," 3 July 2018 About 92 percent of city community college students already receive some type of federal aid. Lauren Lumpkin, baltimoresun.com, "Free tuition recipients begin college journey with BCCC orientation course," 25 June 2018 Reagan didn’t expect this to happen, but his summitry helped pave the way, and with his promises of massive economic aid in exchange for denuclearization Trump may be hoping for a similar result. Andrew Preston, The New Republic, "Will Trump Be Nixon in China?," 11 June 2018 Then, if lawmakers approve use of the additional federal aid, the state can ramp up its spending. The Republic | azcentral.com, "Think you’re paying a lot for summer child care? You’re not the only one," 11 June 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

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

Noun

see aid entry 1

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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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