- 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.
Origin of aidMiddle English aiden ; from Old French aider ; from Classical Latin adjutare, frequentative of adjuvare, to help ; from ad-, to + 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 of aidME & OFr aide < the v.
verbaid·ed, aid·ing, aids
- The act or result of helping; assistance: gave aid to the enemy.
- a. Something that provides help, support, or relief, such as money or supplies: sent medical aid to the region after the storm.b. Something, such as a device, that provides improvement: visual aids such as slides.
- a. An assistant or helper.b. An aide or aide-de-camp.
- A monetary payment to a feudal lord by a vassal in medieval England.
Origin of aidMiddle 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.
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.
- Help; assistance; succor, relief.
- He came to my aid when I was foundering.
- The person who promotes or helps in something being done; a helper; an assistant.
- Something which helps; a material source of help.
- The incompetent general's brilliant aid often made priceless suggestions.
- (UK) An historical subsidy granted to the crown by Parliament for an extraordinary purpose, such as a war effort.
- (UK) An exchequer loan.
- (law) A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his feudal lord on special occasions.
- An aide-de-camp, so called by abbreviation.
(third-person singular simple present aids, present participle aiding, simple past and past participle aided)
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