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 Besides Hartford and East Hartford, communities that will receive assistance include West Hartford, Waterbury, Bridgeport, New Haven and others. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 19 June 2022 The folks who run the Motion Picture Television Fund take the notion of caring for their colleagues to heart, lending a helping hand to industry members who need extra assistance during difficult times. Courtney Howard, Variety, 17 June 2022 The West Allis Fire Department received assistance from the Milwaukee, Greenfield and Wauwatosa departments, with a total of 37 firefighters responding. Bob Dohr, Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2022 Eight years into the conflict in Yemen, 20.7 million people need humanitarian assistance with over 50 districts across the nation impacted by fighting on the front lines. Marion Hart, Forbes, 15 June 2022 That means Democrats can only lose five on their side and still prevail on a vote without assistance from Republicans. Fox News, 13 June 2022 The mother had received assistance from a nearby fishing vessel and managed to get her daughter onto the boat, but could not hoist herself up. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 13 June 2022 But this option requires the voter to fold their ballot, which could require assistance from another individual. Iris Samuels, Anchorage Daily News, 9 June 2022 After spending a few weeks at home, Chmerkovskiy returned to the region to offer assistance on the Polish border. Alexandra Schonfeld,, 8 June 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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23 Jun 2022

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“Assistance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 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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