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 The amount of money Arizona distributed in unemployment benefits slowed down last week, even as tens of thousands of new applications for assistance came in to the Department of Economic Security, weekly figures show. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, "Unemployment fraud a growing issue in Arizona, slowing payments to those in need," 1 July 2020 There's good news and bad news on the prospects for additional government assistance. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "A second stimulus check? Here's how much money you could get," 1 July 2020 The loan was also praised by James Hoffa, general president of the Teamsters union, who thanked President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Congress for the assistance. Chris Isidore, CNN, "The Trump administration just lent $700 million to a trucking company sued for ripping off taxpayers," 1 July 2020 The store has an open floor plan, perfect for shopping for your favorites, and also to ask employees for assistance. Shelby Stewart, Houston Chronicle, "New black-owned liquor store in Third Ward offers premium experience for patrons," 1 July 2020 The Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C., has said that, as a policy, the Saudi government will cover the cost of bail for any citizen jailed in the U.S. who asks for assistance. oregonlive, "Oregon senators renew push to punish Saudi Arabia over suspected role in whisking fugitives out of US," 29 June 2020 For customers who have not received an e-mail by July 13, The Broadway League advises them to contact their point of purchase for assistance. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Broadway suspends performances through 2020 amid coronavirus, extends ticket refunds to 2021," 29 June 2020 The facilities were filling up with patients who needed intensive care or ventilators for breathing assistance, and doctors were looking for ways to relieve life-threatening symptoms. Monique Brouillette, Scientific American, "Hospitals Experiment with COVID-19 Treatments, Balancing Hope and Evidence," 29 June 2020 Lebanon is gripped by a deepening financial crisis and talks with the International Monetary Fund for assistance has been complicated by political infighting. Washington Post, "Lebanon’s FM to summon US envoy over comments on Hezbollah," 28 June 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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4 Jul 2020

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“Assistance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 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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