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 Clearly, the definition of infrastructure is expanding in ways that will aid minority communities today and tomorrow. Calvin Mackie, Forbes, 3 June 2021 The edges of the catcher are made from silicone that will aid in blocking foreign bodies from heading down the hole. Chris Hachey, BGR, 27 May 2021 To help, a panel of Rolling Stone Culture Council members shared activities and methods that can aid in coping with burnout during multiple crises. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 7 May 2021 Europe remains a relative bastion of social democracy in which higher levels of taxation pay for national health care systems along with programs that automatically aid those who lose jobs. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2021 The 2,000-square-foot lab at Rush includes about 20 different scientific instruments that aid in a complicated, multistep process designed to peer into the genetic code of these tiny organisms. Angie Leventis Lourgos, chicagotribune.com, 21 Apr. 2021 The $715 makeover also includes new electronic warfare, communications, and networking systems; new boilers and pumps; the Pantsir-M close-in weapon system; and new flight systems to aid in launching and recovering aircraft, Defense World reports. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 21 Apr. 2021 In impassioned testimony to the House Finance Committee last week, groups that aid domestic violence victims requested $6 million to fix a problem caused by a lack of federal funding. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Apr. 2021 After winning last year's Astor Cup, Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing own the right to run the No.1 car in 2021, but Ganassi was happy to loan use of the number for the 500 to aid in the tribute. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun American Rescue Plan stimulus funding included more than $36 billion in emergency grants for post-secondary schools to provide emergency financial aid to students and institutional support for continuing operations in a pandemic. Rafael Guerrero, chicagotribune.com, 29 May 2021 In a post on Medium, Itzkowitz says that the federal government spends about $1.9 billion on aid and grants to schools at which the majority of its students earn less than an average high school graduate in their state. Derek Newton, Forbes, 29 May 2021 In 2020, the nonprofit helped 23,000 people with free food, financial aid to prevent evictions and other programs. Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, 29 May 2021 His financial aid depended on his grades, which began to drop. New York Times, 29 May 2021 Multiple conflicts in the central African country forced 2 million people to flee their homes in 2020, while there is also an acute lack of international aid and diplomatic attention, according a new report from the NRC. Bethlehem Feleke, CNN, 28 May 2021 Edwards also asked for Small Business Administration aid and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding statewide. Chron, 28 May 2021 But Blinken and the region’s leaders want to be careful to not let aid and future development projects benefit Hamas, viewed by Washington as a terrorist organization. Tracy Wilkinson Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 Officers administered aid and summoned paramedics, but the girl died from her injuries at the scene. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 May 2021

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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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Time Traveler for aid

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

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13 Jun 2021

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“Aid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aid. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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