assistance

noun
as·​sis·​tance | \ ə-ˈsis-tən(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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Synonyms & Antonyms for assistance

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

hindrance

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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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The state’s three largest housing authorities are opening their waiting lists for federal housing assistance at the same time. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Three metro housing agencies to reopen Section 8 waiting list lottery Wednesday," 10 June 2019 Bellaire Fire Department contacted Houston Fire Department Hazarded Material Response Team to the scene for assistance. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 10 June 2019 In Iowa, emergency management officials face a similar predicament, with 58 of the state’s 99 counties now eligible for FEMA public disaster assistance. Washington Post, "Strong job market hampers FEMA hiring in flood-hit states," 9 June 2019 In Iowa, emergency management officials face a similar predicament, with 58 of the state’s 99 counties now eligible for FEMA public disaster assistance. Grant Schulte, The Denver Post, "Strong job market hampers FEMA hiring in flood-hit states," 9 June 2019 County jail officials, who were not named in the report, declined the ODRC’s offer for assistance in helping with that transition prior to June 2018, the report says. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine makes wholesale changes to state jail inspections, citing ‘crisis’ at Cuyahoga County Jail," 6 June 2019 Educational, and child-care resources are sometimes limited, especially in urban areas and for families not eligible for social assistance. Maria Petrakis, latimes.com, "Wanted: People willing to live on a beautiful, remote Greek island," 6 June 2019 As of March 28, the website says more than $650 million has been paid out to 863 former players who qualified for assistance under terms of the settlement. Jenny Green, Indianapolis Star, "Insurers demand to know what the Colts knew about concussion risks," 4 June 2019 Changes to income guidelines means more Alabamians could be eligible for assistance under the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "New WIC income guidelines; more Alabamians may now be eligible," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of assistance

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for assistance

see assist entry 1

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

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assistance

noun
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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