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

Policy counsel Joseph Jerome said companies may someday use the cameras to estimate someone’s age, which might be useful for liquor stores, or facial-expression analysis to aid in job interviews. Ivan Moreno, The Denver Post, "AI-powered cameras are new tool against mass shootings in schools, including at a Greeley district," 15 Sep. 2019 Water management staff members were also directed to contract with the University of Florida to find a scientific means — from reptile monitoring to assessments of the impact of removal efforts — to aid in eliminating pythons. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Water managers seek to kill more pythons that are preying on Everglades animals," 13 Sep. 2019 Next, insects get attracted and begin aiding in the process. Danielle Zickl, Popular Mechanics, "Stop Tossing Your Banana Peels on the Ground," 13 Sep. 2019 Beebs was released by the officer to aid in apprehending the individual and was subsequently stabbed by the man. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "Police: K-9 stabbed in head with screwdriver multiple times by man," 7 Sep. 2019 Round, soft, chewy black orbs made of salt, sugar, cumin, amchur (mango powder), and ajwain (carom seeds) that happen to aid in digestion. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "I Pop These Digestive Pills Like Candy (Because They Basically Are)," 7 Sep. 2019 Those presidential candidates who raise money from and associate with this sort of donor cannot be counted upon to aid in America’s climate survival. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Democratic Party’s Addiction to Dirty Money," 6 Sep. 2019 Most famously, in 1983, he was hired by Newsweek and Stern magazines to aid in exposing the fake Hitler diaries. Steve Maas, BostonGlobe.com, "In Natick, World War II museum abruptly shuts down," 2 Sep. 2019 Policy counsel Joseph Jerome said companies may someday use the cameras to estimate someone’s age, which might be useful for liquor stores, or facial-expression analysis to aid in job interviews . Washington Post, "Threat of mass shootings give rise to AI-powered cameras," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

View Sample Sign Up Now What are aid groups seeing on the ground? Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Hurricane Dorian Is Gone. But the Bahamas Still Faces a Big Risk From Infectious Disease," 12 Sep. 2019 Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of four migrant aid groups, alleging that the new rule conflicted with a 1980 law and its open-door policy for asylum seekers. Los Angeles Times, "Supreme Court rules for Trump on asylum ban at southern border," 11 Sep. 2019 With government officials and aid groups struggling to respond to massive storms, hurricane victims are turning to social media. Natalie Meade, The New Yorker, "How Social Media Is Helping Survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas," 11 Sep. 2019 The British Royal Navy, numerous aid groups, and first responders from Fairfax County, Virginia, and Los Angeles have joined, or are in the process of joining, the Bahamians' rescue and relief efforts. oregonlive, "Hurricane Dorian takes aim at Carolinas; relief effort underway in Bahamas," 4 Sep. 2019 More than 100 were able to line up some financial aid to college, said Winston Gragg of the African American Music Association. Robert Higgs, cleveland.com, "Colleges fair at Glenville High School to help students learn about universities, obtain financial aid," 3 Sep. 2019 Utah Salt Lake City: Immigration activists have protested the pending deportation of a Mexican woman who has provided health and nutrition education for an immigrant aid group. USA TODAY, "Space dummy, Bigfoot denial, pumped-up pumpkin: News from around our 50 states," 2 Sep. 2019 Few international aid groups are allowed into northern Rakhine to help civilians. The Economist, "A Chinese development scheme complicates Myanmar’s ethnic conflicts," 29 Aug. 2019 My concern is that US policy has no equivalent assistance and infrastructure capacity and the President wants to whack all aid to the region. Tovin Lapan, Fortune, "Trump Administration Turnover Leads to Foreign Policy Turmoil," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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