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 Prominent San Diego jeweler Leo Hamel, a friend of Garmo, also pleaded guilty to aiding the operation. Washington Post, "Ex-San Diego sheriff’s captain arrested in gun sales," 23 Nov. 2019 Parnas is reported to have also told Favorov that Trump planned to remove the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, and replace her with someone more open to aiding their business interests. Michael Biesecker And Desmond Butler, USA TODAY, "Ukrainian gas executive cooperating in US probe of Giuliani," 20 Nov. 2019 Yang Xiong, 29, pleaded guilty to aiding an offender after the fact, and Ramsey County District Court Judge Mark Ireland sentenced him last month to seven years in prison. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "St. Paul man sentenced to 31 years for fatal shooting at Hmong Freedom Festival," 15 Nov. 2019 Apple is not the only technology company accused of aiding in discrimination in accessing financial service. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Is Apple Card sexist? Goldman Sachs offers to review gender-bias claims," 12 Nov. 2019 Their companions had been trained on how to properly push a wheelchair, how to assist with oxygen and other tasks related to aiding their largely older visitors, who piled onto a series of buses from the airport. Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, "‘I Have Waited 68 Years to See This’: How Honor Flights Help Veterans Reflect," 11 Nov. 2019 Originally the Loch Raven Network, started by Laurie Taylor-Mitchell in 2015, the nonprofit group became Student Support Network in 2018 to reflect its expanded mission of aiding Baltimore County Public Schools. Courtney Mcgee, baltimoresun.com, "Fall drive to benefit students in need hosted by Towson church," 5 Nov. 2019 Mike pled guilty to one count of tax evasion in January 2018, and Marc pled guilty to one count of aiding in the preparation of a false and fraudulent tax return. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino and Wife Lauren Celebrate Their Anniversary After Prison Release," 2 Nov. 2019 American suppliers who lobbied their government to keep selling to Huawei may recoil at defending firms suspected of aiding human-rights abuses. The Economist, "America blacklists China’s best artificial-intelligence firms," 10 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There is nothing figurative about that binary for Lopez’s men, who belong to a generation that came after the one decimated by aids. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "“The Inheritance” Is a Tribute to E. M. Forster and an Audacious Work of Its Own," 25 Nov. 2019 American aid has backed independent investigative media, trained judges and prosecutors and helped set up transparent registers for government procurement. The Economist, "America’s losing battle against corruption in eastern Europe," 23 Nov. 2019 Mutual aid: Sperry Road Russell police helped Geauga County deputies stop a suspect fleeing in a Ford Mustang at 1:29 a.m. Nov. 15. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Police receive reports of a found iPod, lost iPad and two lost black labs: Russell Township Police Blotter," 23 Nov. 2019 The dry, microscopic salt particles line the walls of your airways, helping to kill bacteria and viruses, reduce inflammation and aid in the clearing of mucus. Tessie Cordero, sun-sentinel.com, "Salt therapy a helpful addition | Opinion," 22 Nov. 2019 These distinctions have been an aid to our own tendency as players to compartmentalize things, too. Nick Capozzoli, Ars Technica, "How Modern Warfare smooths over the horrors of war," 22 Nov. 2019 Federal aid agencies like FEMA just can’t scale their response fast enough to meet the needs of disaster response and recovery at the level of annual disaster that Americans now face. David Wild, Quartz, "Data science could reshape climate change disaster response," 21 Nov. 2019 And the data represents students who received federal financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, "Find out which college graduates earn or owe the most," 21 Nov. 2019 The oldest two will be working as volunteers at a run aid station Sunday, waiting for a glimpse of their parents among the capacity field competing in and around Tempe Town Lake. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Half Ironman triathlon isn't enough, Scottsdale husband-wife taking on full 5 weeks later," 21 Nov. 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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The first known use of aid was in the 15th century

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28 Nov 2019

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“Aid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aiding. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for aid

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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