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 Also, if your new flight requires a long layover, be sure to ask for assistance with lodging and meals. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 14 May 2022 Temporary tourist visa or work visa holders are not allowed to apply for assistance. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 14 May 2022 No one called 911 for medical assistance or performed life-saving measures, authorities said. Fox News, 14 May 2022 Low-income renters who applied for rental assistance this spring would receive $2.7 billion in cash aid, fully funding a program that has left some Californians waiting for help. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 That year, a record number of women ran for office, exposing the need for more assistance for candidates who are also the primary caregivers in their families. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 13 May 2022 Republicans have repeatedly denounced the committee and many have refused to cooperate with requests for assistance. Scott Patterson, WSJ, 12 May 2022 Applications for energy assistance for the 2021-22 heating season are still being accepted by the Access Community Action Agency. Hartford Courant, 12 May 2022 Parents can also reach out to their local food banks, including Feeding America, or contact the Department of Health's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program for assistance. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Cdn, Nasm-cpt, Good Housekeeping, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of assistance

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for assistance

Middle English assistence, assistance, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin assistentia "presence, participation, guidance," going back to Late Latin, "aid," noun derivative of Latin assistent-, assistens, present participle of assistere "to take up a position near, stand by, stand by as a supporter or advocate" — more at assist entry 1

Note: In the case of both this word and assistant Modern English has chosen the French form with -a- in the suffix rather than Latin -e-.

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18 May 2022

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“Assistance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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