as·​sis·​tant | \ ə-ˈsi-stənt How to pronounce assistant (audio) \

Definition of assistant

1 : a person who assists someone : helper also : a person holding an assistantship
2 : a device or product that provides assistance software assistants personal digital assistant — see pda entry 1

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Other Words from assistant

assistant adjective

Examples of assistant in a Sentence

an assistant to the college president an assistant to the store manager a wealthy executive who has a personal assistant
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Brown University alum Lindsay Gottlieb is the first women’s college basketball coach to be hired as an assistant in the NBA. Dan Mcgowan,, "Five key questions ahead of today’s state budget reveal. What’s wrong with Warwick? The abortion rights bill gets a vote.," 13 June 2019 The diocese is considering steps to address criticism about Ryan’s inclusion in the display, said Alex Rechenmacher, executive assistant to Conlon. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: A Joliet bishop engaged in sexual misconduct. The diocese still displays his picture in the cathedral.," 13 June 2019 The Saudi arms sale will be front and center on Wednesday during a hearing before House Foreign Affairs Committee, where R. Clarke Cooper, the State Department’s assistant secretary for political-military affairs, is scheduled to testify. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Congress to scrutinize Trump administration's move to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia," 12 June 2019 Putney Student Travel manages the interview process and hires all trip leaders and program assistants for National Geographic Student Expeditions. National Geographic, "Trip Leader Opportunities," 12 June 2019 Greene has been a physical therapy aide in Florida and a dental assistant aide in Ramona. Ramona Sentinel, "Community Profile: Staci Greene cares for donkeys, mules in need of homes," 11 June 2019 The 6-foot-3 guard is spending his summer honing an adjustment to his shooting form suggested by volunteer assistant coach and former Buffs point guard Nate Tomlinson. Pat Rooney, The Denver Post, "CU basketball’s Kountz, Parquet accepting the freshman-to-sophomore learning curve," 10 June 2019 Reader, 48, is a Doss High School product who first got into coaching as an assistant at Manual in 1996. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Rob Reader leaves Moore football program for Marion County," 5 June 2019 Arizona State men's basketball coach Bobby Hurley will add former UNLV assistant coach Eric Brown to his staff to fill one of two vacancies. Dana Scott, azcentral, "ASU men's basketball to add former UNLV assistant Eric Brown to its coaching staff," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of assistant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for assistant

see assist entry 1

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The first known use of assistant was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of assistant

: a person who helps someone especially : a person whose job is to help another person to do work
: a person whose job is to help the customers in a store


as·​sis·​tant | \ ə-ˈsi-stənt How to pronounce assistant (audio) \

Kids Definition of assistant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: acting as a helper to another an assistant manager



Kids Definition of assistant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who assists another

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to take the place or position of

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