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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It was wrapped into the broader farm bill, which mostly deals with agriculture subsidies and food assistance programs, and passed with that legislation. German Lopez, Vox, "Trump and Congress just legalized hemp," 20 Dec. 2018 The One Bird program would waive the $1 base fee for anybody currently enrolled in, or eligible for, state or federal assistance programs, such as CalFresh, Medicaid, or SNAP. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Bird scooters to offer discounted rides to low-income riders," 19 July 2018 The fraud-prevention policy, called Project 100% or P100 for short, allows investigators to search through the bedrooms, closets and dressers of families that apply for public-assistance programs like CalWorks. Jeff Mcdonald,, "San Diego County again sued over policy of searching homes of CalWorks applicants," 27 June 2018 Offers of pro-bono legal assistance for the families flooded into Texas. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "The Trump Administration’s Family Values," 22 June 2018 Meanwhile, rising unemployment and the rolling back of assistance programs have hurt northerners like Suwanna Khanadham, who owns a canteen in Chiang Mai selling khao soi, or curry noodle soup. Time, "Thailand’s Leader Promised to Restore Democracy. Instead He's Tightening His Grip," 21 June 2018 That said, problems with the new generation of advanced driver assistance systems have been increasing by 20 percent annually as more of that technology shows up in luxury and mainstream vehicles. NBC News, "South Korean cars rank highest for quality in new survey — but Detroit isn't far behind," 20 June 2018 The school is offering counseling to students and assistance programs to employees, Cowlishaw said. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "Days after deadly Buenos Aires bus crash, Providence Day leaders rush to Argentina," 19 June 2018 Members of the ProHealth employee assistance program are available to provide support to those affected by Yagoda's death, the release said. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brian Yagoda, killed riding his bicycle in Delafield, is remembered as a doctor who cared deeply about his patients," 19 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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