- to provide support for or relief to; help: to aid the homeless victims of the fire.
- to promote the progress or accomplishment of; facilitate.
- to give help or assistance.
- help or support; assistance.
- a person or thing that aids or furnishes assistance; helper; auxiliary.
- aids, Manège.
- Also called natural aids.the means by which a rider communicates with and controls a horse, as the hands, legs, voice, and shifts in weight.
- Also called artificial aids.the devices by means of which a rider increases control of a horse, as spurs, whip, and martingale.
- foreign aid.
- a payment made by feudal vassals to their lord on special occasions.
- English History. (after 1066) any of several revenues received by a king in the Middle Ages from his vassals and other subjects, limited by the Magna Charta to specified occasions.
Origin of aid
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Examples from the Web for aided
By one account, it aided U.S. troops in capturing or killing at least ten of those senior leaders from the battlefield.How the NSA Became a Killing Machine
November 9, 2014
Super PACs have aided both candidates, but Grimes has less dark-money support than McConnell.Mystery Man Buys Kentucky for the GOP
Center for Public Integrity
October 29, 2014
Aided by care, heroic health care workers, and—in some cases—experimental drugs, all three survived.Ebola Panic Is Worse Than the Disease
October 9, 2014
He believed the more you aided Israel militarily, the more flexible they would be diplomatically.Some of Israel’s Top Defenders Say It’s Time to End U.S. Aid
July 18, 2014
CSI not only aided a not-guilty verdict, but netted Dr. Phil an admirer.It’s Time to Turn Off TV Doctors
June 23, 2014
We are aided by all who desire self-government and a voice in deciding their own affairs.
Aided by my Flicie, I dressed in haste and tried to descend, but it was impossible.My Double Life
Mr. Stone aided in the establishment of several manufactories at this point.Cleveland Past and Present
They followed the gas, and were aided in their advance by artillery fire.
The triumph, aided perhaps by good wine, had made a new man of Fritz.The Prisoner of Zenda
- denoting a charitable organization or function that raises money for a causeBand Aid; Ferryaid
- acute infectious disease
- artificial insemination (by) donor: former name for Donor Insemination (DI)
- to give support to (someone to do something); help or assist
- (tr) to assist financially
- assistance; help; support
- a person, device, etc, that helps or assistsa teaching aid
- Also: artificial aid mountaineering any of various devices such as piton or nut when used as a direct help in the ascent
- (in medieval Europe; in England after 1066) a feudal payment made to the king or any lord by his vassals, usually on certain occasions such as the marriage of a daughter or the knighting of an eldest son
- in aid of British informal in support of; for the purpose of
Word Origin and History for aided
early 15c., "wartime tax," also "help, support, assistance," from Old French aide, earlier aiudha "aid, help, assistance" (9c.), from Late Latin adjuta, from fem. past participle of Latin adiuvare (past participle adiutus) "to give help to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + iuvare "to help" (see adjutant). Meaning "thing by which assistance is given" is recorded from c.1600. Meaning "material help given by one country to another" is from 1940.
c.1400, "to assist, help," from Old French aidier "help, assistance," from Latin adiutare, frequentative of adiuvare (past participle adiutus) "give help to" (see adjutant). Related: Aided; aiding.
- artificial insemination donor