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 Ernst and Young, an accounting group hired by the city to assist with managing its federal assistance during the pandemic, is exploring the question with federal officials, Ramos said. Emily Opilo,, "Under pressure from advocates, Baltimore to remove owner-occupied homes from annual tax sale," 3 May 2021 According to the fund, its material assistance has brought 3,000 pounds of books, maps and educational materials, plus school uniforms to village schools in Africa., "‘Walk Around The World’ fund-raser joins two continents," 3 May 2021 President Joe Biden spoke with Netanyahu on Friday and offered U.S. assistance. NBC News, "Israel stampede: Teenager among Americans killed in crush," 2 May 2021 President Joe Biden spoke Monday with Modi about the growing health crisis and pledged to immediately send assistance. Fox News, "India hospital fire kills 18 virus patients as nation steps up vaccinations," 1 May 2021 Biden spoke Monday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the growing health crisis and pledged to immediately send assistance. Zeke Miller, Time, "U.S. to Restrict Travel From India Due to COVID-19 Surge," 1 May 2021 According to screenshots obtained by The Daily Beast, Greenberg sought help from Stone in late 2020 and early 2021 in obtaining a pardon from the White House, offering to pay him at least $250,000 in Bitcoin for his assistance. Orlando Sentinel Staff,, "Joel Greenberg wrote a letter for Roger Stone saying he and Matt Gaetz paid for sex with minor, website reports," 30 Apr. 2021 Twenty navy ships, two submarines, and five aircraft are searching the area where the submarine was last detected, and other nations have offered their assistance in the effort, the Indonesian military said. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Indonesia searches for sunken submarine with 53 passengers as oxygen runs out," 22 Apr. 2021 Speaking at a virtual U.N. Security Council meeting about regional organizations, Gonsalves praised them and the U.N. for their assistance so far but said much more is needed. Jennifer Peltz, Star Tribune, "'Midnight hour of need': St. Vincent pleads for global help," 19 Apr. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Assistance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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