aid

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verb

aided; aiding; aids

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
aider noun

aid

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noun

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

AID

3 of 3

abbreviation

1
Agency for International Development
2
artificial insemination by donor

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
While the renewal of maintenance contracts aided services sales, lower systems sales weighed on overall product business. Trefis Team, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 The Sacklers were aided by a lot of historians and academicians who put forth revisionist arguments in favor of rehabilitating opioids. Arun A.k., Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 Foxx is requesting that Columbia officials produce a mountain of documents to aid the investigation by February 26. Matt Egan, CNN, 12 Feb. 2024 That is easily said, but several factors work in its favor and will be aided now by Campos’ appointment. John Hopewell, Variety, 12 Feb. 2024 Kendrick also wants to uplift the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program as dynamic workforce development opportunities the state needs to fund to aid in decreasing the rise of violence experienced every summer. Charlotte Observer, 8 Feb. 2024 Marsden previously had an emergency C-section due to concerns about her heart, but the healthcare professionals aiding her did not go in depth about their decision and the condition of her heart at the time. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 8 Feb. 2024 That initial outlay helped power the party’s efforts the rest of that year, ultimately aiding Mr. Biden in the general election with support from Latino voters. Anjali Huynh, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 Specialized digestive system Kangaroos posses a complex stomach with multiple compartments that aid in the breakdown of tough plant materials through fermentation. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 30 Jan. 2024
Noun
The smaller amount of military aid allocated for Taiwan is beside the point unless the U.S. and China come to an understanding on the future of the island. William Hartung, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Supporters of the aid pushed back, warning that bowing to Russia would be a historic mistake with devastating consequences. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 14 Feb. 2024 One potential impact would be on Ukraine, with Trump having declined to endorse more military aid to that weakened country, which would allow Russia’s unprovoked invasion to succeed in either keeping its territorial gains along the eastern border or capturing the entire sovereign nation. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, 13 Feb. 2024 Medicine and humanitarian aid The Council separately tracks the exports of healthcare products to Cuba, which, despite Cuba’s propaganda claims, have been legal to export to Cuba since 1992. Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald, 13 Feb. 2024 In November, Kallas was reelected to lead her party and has continued to push other European countries to sustain aid to Ukraine. Natalia Abbakumova, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 Advertisement The area around Rafah, including the crossing between Gaza and Egypt and the Kerem Shalom crossing between Gaza and Israel, are the primary routes for delivering aid. A Times Special Correspondent, With Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 Vance, along with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and other opponents, spent several hours on the floor railing against the aid and complaining about Senate process. TIME, 13 Feb. 2024 But many Palestinians and international aid groups say that no place in Gaza is safe, and that moving people away from Rafah, the main entry point for vital aid, will worsen their lot. Michael Levenson, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb and Noun

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

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of aid was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Aid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aid. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

aid

1 of 2 verb
: to provide with what is useful or necessary : help, assist
aider noun

aid

2 of 2 noun
1
a
: the act of helping
b
: help given : assistance
2
3
: someone or something that is of help or assistance
a visual aid

Medical Definition

aid

1 of 2 noun
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

2 of 2 abbreviation
artificial insemination by donor

Legal Definition

aid

1 of 2 transitive verb
: to provide with what is useful in achieving an end
conspiracy to counsel or aid draft resistersK. 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

aid

2 of 2 noun
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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