- 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 assisting
CD Global Strategies reported earning $30,000 for the Burkina Faso work and $100,000 for assisting Togo.An African Dictatorship’s Friend in D.C.
Center for Public Integrity
November 20, 2014
The article also suggested that aid to those areas is assisting ISIS in its state-building ambitions.Why Humanitarians Talk to ISIS
October 24, 2014
In 1998, he became a regular Tuesday fixture, assisting viewers in relationship issues and offering general life advice.It’s Time to Turn Off TV Doctors
June 23, 2014
Everybody involved in assisting the Malaysians has been very tight-lipped about what is going on.Why Is Malaysia Hiding Its Report on MH370?
April 28, 2014
Bratton voiced particular interest in assisting the mentally disturbed.My Patrol With the NYPD’s Bill Bratton
March 14, 2014
"Well, go in," directed the woman, giving Sami an assisting push.What Sami Sings with the Birds
The moments in which Ormond was occupied in assisting him were the least painful.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
He relieved his feelings by storming at the hospital steward who was assisting him.The Downfall
He has been experimenting in mathematical physics, and I have been assisting him.The Einstein See-Saw
Miles John Breuer
Fourthly, your animating and assisting of others to such endeuours.A New Orchard And Garden
- 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 assisting
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.