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

Brute force attacks on RDP login portals are common, often aided by easily available tools. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Hackers caught selling access to airport security systems for $10," 11 July 2018 John Kalantzis, 52, of Lynn, pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston to two counts of aiding and assisting in filing a false tax return, prosecutors said in a statement. Jackson Cote, BostonGlobe.com, "Salem restaurant owner pleads guilty to failing to pay $383,000 in taxes," 9 July 2018 Their benefits include providing energy, aiding in digestion, and helping prevent chronic disease. Jackie Pilossoph, chicagotribune.com, "15 material and nonmaterial self-confidence boosters," 20 June 2018 Many churches across the country have created sanctuaries to aid and support those affected by the immigration policies, and Shadow Rock is one of them. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "Phoenix church hosts Father's Day rally to protest immigration policy separating migrant families," 16 June 2018 The sense of brotherhood and togetherness was powerful among those successful 49ers squads, and the former teammates intimately aided Clark in buttoning his shirt and helped him in and out of his wheelchair. Tribune News Service, OregonLive.com, "Former 49er Dwight Clark, whose catch will live forever, dies of ALS at 61," 4 June 2018 On June 22, 2017, Mallory was charged with delivering defense information to aid a foreign government and making false statements, and has pleaded not guilty. David Shortell, CNN, "Trial begins for former CIA officer accused of spying for China," 30 May 2018 The website is the first of its kind, filtering through preexisting city infrastructure and programs that aid women and curating them all in one place for easy access. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "This New Website Is Doing WORK for the Women of New York City," 16 May 2018 William Todd Coontz, 51, was indicted last summer for failure to pay taxes and aiding and assisting in the filing of false tax returns. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "NC preacher bought his cars and $1 million home in a tax fraud scheme, jury says | Charlotte Observer," 5 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Once promoted as an aid to quit smoking, vaping has become trendy. The Economist, "Business this week," 12 July 2018 As of April, the most recent month for which figures are available, 39.6 million people were receiving the aid, the lowest number since February 2010. Brooks Jackson, Philly.com, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018 Also new will be a display of several of the teaching aids used by teacher Anna Coleman in 1932. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018 Among the last to emerge from the cave was the Boars’ 25-year-old soccer coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, who helped the boys stay alive by conserving their energy during the 10 days before aid arrived. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "How Rescuers Pulled Off the Impossible in a Treacherous Thai Cave," 10 July 2018 Makers of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices often tout their products as smoking cessation aids. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Vaping Doesn’t Often Help Smokers Quit, New Study Finds," 9 July 2018 Truman’s predecessor, Franklin Roosevelt, faced huge opposition to the idea of American troops coming the aid of Britain at the outset of World War ll, even when Hitler had invaded and occupied much of the rest of Europe. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "US-Europe ties and the audacity of July 1948," 9 July 2018 The aid was set to expire Saturday, before advocacy groups filed a lawsuit to block it. Bianca Padró Ocasio, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Aid deadline for Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria extended to July 23," 3 July 2018 Bonjesta contains doxylamine succinate (an antihistamine found in over-the-counter sleep aids) and pyridoxine hydrochloride (the chemical name for a form of vitamin B6), which are the same active ingredients found in Diclegis. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Bonjesta, the Morning Sickness Drug Kim Kardashian Is Posting About on Instagram," 28 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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