- to give support or aid to; help: Please assist him in moving the furniture.
- to be associated with as an assistant or helper.
- to give aid or help.
- to be present, as at a meeting or ceremony.
- Baseball.a play that helps to put out a batter or base runner.
- Basketball, Ice Hockey.a play that helps a teammate in gaining a goal.
- the official credit scored for such plays.
- a helpful act: She finished her homework without an assist from her father.
- 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.
Origin of assist
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Examples from the Web for assist
The FBI has also been searching its records for any information that could assist the French investigation, a spokesperson added.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre
Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef
January 8, 2015
Not her own—but Landrieu did provide an assist to a man doing a keg stand at Louisiana State University.Mary Landrieu-Bill Cassidy Louisiana Senate Race Heads to a Runoff
November 5, 2014
Distant cousins of the Bordens are on hand to assist the cast of 20 people, some of whom are very dedicated guests.Would You Stay in Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murder House?
October 30, 2014
Companies across the country donated supplies and equipment to assist him with his expedition.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother
October 19, 2014
The social worker will “assist staff and public with counseling and psychosocial support and communications.”$10,000 a Month for Ebola Fighters
October 7, 2014
To assist the prediction of the course and occurrence of storms.
They command us to assist and serve him in retaining his own.
What is to be said about neglecting to warn or assist others?
It commands us to assist and comfort our neighbor in danger and want.
It commands us to assist our neighbor to improve and protect his own.
- to give help or support to (a person, cause, etc); aid
- to work or act as an assistant or subordinate to (another)
- ice hockey to help (a team-mate) to score, as by passing the puck
- (intr foll by at) archaic to be present; attend
- US and Canadian the act of helping; aid; assistance
- 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
- a pass or other action by a player which enables another player to score a goal
- a credit given for such an action
Word Origin and History for assist
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.
1570s, "an act of assistance," from assist (v.). In the sporting sense attested 1877 in baseball, 1925 in ice hockey.