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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She is considered quadriplegic but has the ability to walk with a walker and can eat on her own with assistance. Mike Candelaria,, "Buddy Ball Baseball League a field of dreams for kids with disabilities," 21 June 2018 And the federal government is not providing nearly enough assistance. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "U.S. housing market continues rebound, despite increased inequality, says Harvard report," 19 June 2018 After he was hospitalized, a GoFundMe was launched to help provide financial assistance to McNair's parents during his recovery. Khadrice Rollins,, "Maryland OL Jordan McNair Dies After Being Hospitalized Last Month Following Team Workout," 13 June 2018 Until the operation Kennedy was able to breathe only with assistance., "June 5, 1968: Robert Kennedy shot in Los Angeles," 5 June 2018 Military personnel responded to provide medical assistance. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Hang glider pilot who died at Mountain Home Air Force Base was an air show veteran," 2 June 2018 All items are sold as-is, and no loading assistance will be available. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "State of Michigan's semi-annual surplus sale set for Saturday," 9 July 2018 The down-payment assistance is a no-interest, 30-year loan that requires no monthly payments. Kathleen Pender,, "Enter soon for chance to score $375,000 in SF down-payment lottery," 5 July 2018 Some may want the security of knowing that physical and medical assistance is but a bell ring away. Jane E. Brody, charlotteobserver, "How to age well and stay in your home," 27 June 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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