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assist

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verb (used with object)
  1. to give support or aid to; help: Please assist him in moving the furniture.
  2. to be associated with as an assistant or helper.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to give aid or help.
  2. to be present, as at a meeting or ceremony.
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noun
  1. Sports.
    1. Baseball.a play that helps to put out a batter or base runner.
    2. Basketball, Ice Hockey.a play that helps a teammate in gaining a goal.
    3. the official credit scored for such plays.
  2. a helpful act: She finished her homework without an assist from her father.
  3. Machinery. an electrical, hydraulic, or mechanical means of increasing power, efficiency, or ease of use: a luxury automobile equipped with assists for brakes, steering, windows, and seat adjustment.
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Origin of assist

1505–15; < Latin assistere to stand by, help, equivalent to as- as- + sistere to (cause to) stand (si- reduplicative prefix + -ste- (variant of sta- stand) + -re infinitive suffix)
Related formsas·sist·er; Chiefly Law, as·sis·tor, nounas·sist·ive, adjectivenon·as·sist·er, nouno·ver·as·sist, verbre·as·sist, verb (used with object)un·as·sist·ed, adjectiveun·as·sist·ing, adjectivewell-as·sist·ed, adjective

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1. sustain, abet, befriend; back, promote. See help.

Antonyms

1. hinder, frustrate.
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assist

verb
  1. to give help or support to (a person, cause, etc); aid
  2. to work or act as an assistant or subordinate to (another)
  3. ice hockey to help (a team-mate) to score, as by passing the puck
  4. (intr foll by at) archaic to be present; attend
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noun
  1. US and Canadian the act of helping; aid; assistance
  2. baseball the act of a player who throws or deflects a batted ball in such a way that a team is enabled to put out an opponent
  3. sport
    1. a pass or other action by a player which enables another player to score a goal
    2. a credit given for such an action
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Derived Formsassister, noun

Word Origin

C15: from French assister to be present, from Latin assistere to stand by, from sistere to cause to stand, from stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for assist

v.

early 15c., from Middle French assister "to stand by, help, put, place, assist" (14c.), from Latin assistere "stand by, take a stand near, attend," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + sistere "take a stand, cause to stand," from PIE *siste-, reduplicated form of root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Related: Assisted; assisting. Medical assisted suicide attested from 1884.

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n.

1570s, "an act of assistance," from assist (v.). In the sporting sense attested 1877 in baseball, 1925 in ice hockey.

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