as·​sis·​tance | \ə-ˈsis-tən(t)s \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for assistance


abetment, aid, assist, backing, boost, hand, help, helping hand, leg up, lift, support



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Examples of assistance in a Sentence

Any assistance you can give me would be appreciated. I'll be happy to provide you with whatever assistance you may need.

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While pursuing her law degree, Haaland made ends meet with the assistance of food stamps. Jessica Militare, Glamour, "Deb Haaland Is One of the First Native American Congresswomen. It Only Took Two Centuries.," 9 Nov. 2018 That pedigree is strongly represented in the game's form—in fact, Ford and Reiche even had the assistance of Starflight alum Greg Johnson in fleshing out aspects of SC2's design and dialog. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Video: How Star Control II was almost a much more boring game," 23 Oct. 2018 Disclaimer: Madeline Stuart’s answers were written with the assistance of her mother Rosanne Stuart. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Madeline Stuart Wants to Be the First Model With Down Syndrome to Walk in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," 12 Sep. 2018 According to the company's website, the Lurvig collection was designed with the assistance of veterinarian Dr. Barbara Schäfer, who works with product risk assessment at IKEA. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "IKEA Recalls 16,700 Pet Water Dispensers After 2 Dogs Die," 13 July 2018 Engage 18, which had the assistance of a local lawyer, backed the district arguments that their schools should be able to have policies barring the possession of guns on campuses. Lori Higgins And Janea Wilson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan student activists take on voter registration, gun violence," 12 July 2018 The Clay County Sheriff's Office initially didn't suspect foul play but later called on the assistance of experienced criminal investigators to work the case. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Clay County social worker was at girls' home hours before they were found dead," 11 July 2018 When the newly independent Baltic states sought the assistance of NATO, help was not immediately on the way. Paul Poast, Washington Post, "These surprising countries could emerge as the heroes of NATO — and the liberal world order," 10 July 2018 The officer handcuffed Isaacson with the assistance of three PenAir ramp agents and the pilot. Author: Isabelle Ross, Anchorage Daily News, "Togiak man arrested after trying to climb into airplane cargo hold in Dillingham," 9 July 2018

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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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The first known use of assistance was in the 14th century

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as·​sis·​tance | \ə-ˈsi-stəns \

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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