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


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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Earlier this week, United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock sounded the alarm that Yemen, one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters where 75 percent of the country needs assistance, is on the brink of famine. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "The World Bank and tech companies want to use AI to predict famine," 29 Sep. 2018 The report listed recommendations for what each state should do to fix its vulnerabilities, and said that all the states needed additional financial assistance to make upgrades. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: House Democrats list states with weakest election security in new report," 13 July 2018 Hogan said anyone with concerns about eligibility should call the state at 1-800-635-2570 for assistance. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Kids wrongly denied care under Bevin's Medicaid cuts, dentists say," 3 July 2018 Image On Facebook, two former employees of the social network started a fund-raiser on Saturday to collect $1,500 for migrants who needed legal assistance because of the new policy. Sheera Frenkel, New York Times, "Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE, as Tech Industry Mobilizes Over Immigration," 19 June 2018 His allies in Congress have likewise come to his assistance in attacking me. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "GOP turns fury on Schiff over Russian collusion claims," 25 Mar. 2019 What is known is that Jacquard by Google dates back to 2014 when Dr. Ivan Pourpyrev invented the Jacquard yarn in the Google ATAP Research Lab with the assistance of artisans in Japan using the same machines that produce Japanese kimonos. Amy Verner, Vogue, "The Future of Smart Fabric Is in This Fashion Historian’s Hands," 6 Mar. 2019 Cohen had hoped that his assistance with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation would earn him leniency, and had asked for no prison time at all. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Michael Cohen was just sentenced to 3 years in prison," 12 Dec. 2018 The California Highway Patrol told Fox News that San Bruno police requested their assistance with the perimeter regarding reports of an active shooter. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Four hurt in YouTube shooting chaos; woman believed to be shooter is found dead," 2 Oct. 2018

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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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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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