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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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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McCarty attended school until the sixth grade and washed clothes for a living, saving money to help students needing financial assistance. USA TODAY, "Fugitive pig, proverb library, sodium warnings: News from around our 50 states," 16 Sep. 2019 The judge again agreed that organizations which provide legal assistance to immigrants had sufficiently shown that having two separate systems is unnecessary and would complicate their work. Fortune, "Trump’s Asylum Restrictions Halted Nationwide, Judge Says," 9 Sep. 2019 Bay Area fire crews offer help during Hurricane Dorian Oakland and Menlo Park firefighters have been among the thousands of responders providing assistance as Hurricane Dorian pelts the East Coast. Anna Bauman,, "The Scanner: Oakland schools under siege by tech bandits," 9 Sep. 2019 Diehl needed assistance from some teammates getting to the sideline, and sat on a bench with his left knee wrapped for the remainder of the game. Pat Stoetzer,, "Football: Francis Scott Key can’t hold lead in opener, Poly prevails," 7 Sep. 2019 Records show Peyerk was represented in his effort to get a rhino permit by John J. Jackson III, a Louisiana attorney who provides free legal assistance to trophy hunters through a nonprofit group called Conservation Force. Fox News, "Trump admin to allow trophy hunter to import rare black rhino parts to US," 7 Sep. 2019 Parton, a distinguished philanthropist who's known for her extensive charity work, plans to donate a portion of proceeds to the Opry Trust Fund, which offers financial assistance to those in need within the industry. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Dolly Parton Just Curated a Wall Art Collection Inspired by Her Music," 5 Sep. 2019 Housing Choice Vouchers, a $20bn federal programme that provides rental assistance to low-income families, provides higher payments for families that decide to move to more expensive neighbourhoods. The Economist, "How helping families relocate could increase economic mobility," 4 Sep. 2019 Depending on the storm's impact, residents may need assistance. David Close, CNN, "Hurricane Dorian won't wash out a massive sporting weekend," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of assistance was in the 14th century

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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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