- The definition of aid means to provide help or to provide some item or advice that will make something easier or that will solve a problem.
Giving a grant to a student for college expenses is an example of aid.
aid definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English aiden ; from Old French aider ; from Classical Latin adjutare, frequentative of adjuvare, to help ; from ad-, to plush juvare, to help
- help or assistance; esp., financial help
- a helper; assistant
- a helpful device: visual aids
- aide (sense )
- Eng. History
- a payment in money made by a vassal to his lord
- a subsidy granted to the king for a special purpose
Origin: ME & OFr aide < the v.
aid definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intr. & tr.v. aid·ed, aid·ing, aids
- The act or result of helping; assistance.
- a. An assistant or helper.b. A device that assists: visual aids such as slides.c. A hearing aid.
- An aide or aide-de-camp.
- A monetary payment to a feudal lord by a vassal in medieval England.
Origin: Middle English aiden, from Old French aider, from Latin adiūtāre, frequentative of adiuvāre, to help : ad-, to; see ad- in Indo-European roots + iuvāre, to help.
- aidˈer noun
aid - Ologies & -Isms Definition
See also charity.abetment the act of abetting or inciting another to commit a crime. —abettor, abetter, n. adjutancy the condition of holding the rank of adjutant. almoner an official, as of a monastery, whose duty is to distribute charity or alms. —almonership, n. amanuensis Formal. 1. a secretary. 2. a scribe or copyist. coadjuvancy joint aid or assistance; joint cooperation. connivance passive assistance, especially in wrongdoing. connivancy Rare. connivance. eleemosynary 1. pertaining to alms. 2. Obsolete, an almsman; a person who lives on the charity of others. orphanotrophy Rare. 1. a hospital or hostel for orphans. 2. the care and support of orphans. pensionary a person paid to perform tasks or services, especially as a hireling.