as·​sis·​tance | \ ə-ˈsi-stən(t)s How to pronounce assistance (audio) \

Definition of assistance

: the act of helping or assisting someone or the help supplied : aid financial and technical assistance Can I be of any assistance? [=can I help you?]

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Any assistance you can give me would be appreciated. I'll be happy to provide you with whatever assistance you may need.
Recent Examples on the Web Contrary to Hua's claim, U.S. officials have said the administration has offered to provide China assistance in dealing with the outbreak. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "'A very bad example': China accuses US of spreading fear about coronavirus after travel advisory," 4 Feb. 2020 Additionally, the county, Phoenix, Chandler, Glendale, Tempe, Mesa and Scottsdale manage a robust voucher program, providing rental assistance to more than 12,500 households. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Governments explore new options to maintain public housing in Maricopa County as costs increase," 31 Jan. 2020 The plan raises serious issues about rescuers’ ability to continue providing life-saving assistance to people attempting the dangerous sea crossing to Lesvos. Fox News, "Greece offering half-million dollar contract to build 'floating sea wall' to stop migrants from Turkey," 31 Jan. 2020 Those measures include providing assistance to countries with weaker health systems, accelerating the development of a vaccine or rapid diagnostic test, and clearly communicating with the public about when and how to seek care. Megan Thielking, STAT, "As far right calls for China travel ban, health experts warn coronavirus response would suffer," 31 Jan. 2020 All proceeds from the album were donated to War Child UK, a nonprofit that provides assistance for children affected by war conflict. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "All About Brandi Carlile’s Sweet Relationship With Her Wife Catherine Shepherd," 26 Jan. 2020 With a cap of 15%, and with the assumption that the development would be assessed at roughly $20 million, the village would expect to provide about $2.8 million in tax incremental financing, or TIF, assistance. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Village financing paves way for new Ascension small-scale hospital in Menomonee Falls," 22 Jan. 2020 The company also said its engineers have worked closely with the FBI to provide technical assistance in investigating the case. Hiawatha Bray,, "Standoff between Apple, US over Fla. shooter’s iPhone again has consumers’ data security in doubt," 14 Jan. 2020 And the state allocated more than $820,000 in the last fiscal year to help pay for 10 investigators to look into complaints of all types of housing discrimination and provide legal assistance. Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, ProPublica, "How Wealthy Towns Keep People With Housing Vouchers Out," 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of assistance

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for assistance

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9 Feb 2020

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“Assistance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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as·​sis·​tance | \ ə-ˈsi-stəns How to pronounce assistance (audio) \

Kids Definition of assistance

1 : the act of helping I need assistance in moving the boxes.
2 : the help given financial assistance

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