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assist

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verb as·sist \ ə-ˈsist \

Definition of assist

transitive verb
:to give usually supplementary support or aid to
  • She assisted the boy with his lessons.
intransitive verb
1 :to give support or aid
  • assisted at the stove
  • Another surgeon assisted on the operation.
2 :to be present as a spectator
  • … the ideal figures assisting at Italian holy scenes.
  • —Mary McCarthy

Examples of assist in a Sentence

  1. The device assists those who can't climb stairs.

  2. The President was assisted by his advisers.

  3. She assisted the boy with his homework.

  4. Another doctor assisted him with the operation.

  5. Another doctor assisted with the operation.

  6. Federal agents are assisting with the investigation.

  7. She assisted in making the decision.

  8. The cream assists in the prevention of skin cancer.

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Origin and Etymology of assist

Middle French or Latin; Middle French assister to help, stand by, from Latin assistere, from ad- + sistere to cause to stand; akin to Latin stare to stand — more at stand


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assist

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Definition of assist

1 US :an act or action that helps someone :an act of assistance
  • He wrote the story with an assist from a friend. [=with the help of a friend]
2 :the action (such as a throw or pass) of a player who enables a teammate to make a putout (as in baseball) or score a goal (as in basketball or hockey); also :official credit given for such an action
  • was credited with 5 assists in the first half
3 :a mechanical or electromechanical device that provides assistance

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Origin and Etymology of assist



ASSIST Defined for English Language Learners

assist

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Definition of assist for English Language Learners

  • : to give support or help : to make it easier for someone to do something or for something to happen


ASSIST Defined for Kids

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assist

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verb as·sist \ ə-ˈsist \

Definition of assist for Students

assisted; assisting
:to give support or help
  • He assisted his mother in preparing dinner.

Word Root of assist

The Latin word sistere, meaning “to stand,” “to appear,” “to stop,” or “to put,” gives us the root sist. Words from the Latin sistere have something to do with standing, appearing, stopping, or putting. To assist, or help, is to stand by someone in order to give aid. To consist is to be made up of a number of thing put together. To exist, or have actual being, is to appear real. To persist is to refuse to stop doing or saying something.


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assist

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Definition of assist for Students

:an act of supporting or helping
  • I finished my chores with an assist from my friends.

Medical Dictionary

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assist

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transitive verb as·sist \ ə-ˈsist \

medical Definition of assist

:to give usually supplementary support or aid to
  • assist the patient up the stairs
  • assist respiration mechanically
intransitive verb
:to give support or aid

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assist

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medical Definition of assist

:an act or procedure that provides assistance
  • external pressure circulatory assist employs compression of the lower extremities
  • —P. W. Wright


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