as·​sis·​tance | \ ə-ˈsi-stən(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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web With assistance by Mark Gurman Published on Have a confidential tip for our reporters? Debby Wu,, "Foxconn to Isolate Workers for Up to Two Weeks at iPhone Base," 13 May 2020 The text of the bill, which spans more than 1,800 pages, includes assistance to state and local governments, hazard pay for frontline health care workers, forgiveness of student debt and bolstering Medicaid and Medicare. Grace Segers, CBS News, "House Democrats unveil massive new coronavirus relief bill ahead of Friday vote," 13 May 2020 The city and Baker Ripley are partnering to provide rental assistance to Houstonians. Shacamree Gowdy, Houston Chronicle, "City of Houston approves $15 million COVID-19 rental assistance program," 12 May 2020 And county leaders are calling on the state and federal governments to provide greater financial assistance to Milwaukee County and other counties. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County officials worry increased pandemic costs and drop in revenue will hit key services," 8 May 2020 The organisation also recently launched the Coronavirus Care Fund to provide emergency assistance to domestic workers, and it's already raised nearly $4 million. Natalie Gontcharova,, "“They Will Suffer The Longest”: Ai-jen Poo On Why Domestic Workers Need Help Right Now," 6 May 2020 The fund also provides financial assistance to affected people in the form of grants or concessions. Vatsal Bhandari, Quartz India, "Stressed Indian companies are donating big time to PM Cares—at their employees’ expense," 6 May 2020 Boeing, which had negotiated a $60 billion congressional rescue package in March, ended up raising $25 billion from the private markets and withdrawing its request for government assistance. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Will COVID-19 Cause a Zombie Apocalypse to Hit the Economy?," 5 May 2020 Two members of the City Council have called for an emergency fund to provide assistance to all low-income families, including the undocumented. ProPublica, "Los New Yorkers: Essential and Underprotected in the Pandemic’s Epicenter," 3 May 2020

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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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17 May 2020

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“Assistance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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