[ uh-sis-tuhns ]
See synonyms for assistance on
  1. the act of assisting; help; aid; support.

Origin of assistance

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English assistence, from Medieval Latin assistentia; assist + -ance

Other words from assistance

  • re·as·sist·ance, noun

Words that may be confused with assistance

Words Nearby assistance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use assistance in a sentence

  • In the darkness and confusion I did not distinguish the face of the man who rendered me this assistance.

  • Thinking to escape and summon assistance from the cantonment, Douglas mounted the wall and leaped into the moat.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • Two of the artillerymen who had not been injured came to his assistance, and again the gun was thundering forth its defiance.

  • Then he held down a hand to her, bade her set her foot on his, and called with an oath to Rabecque to lend her his assistance.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • You are very kind, sir,” he said; “my companions and I shall feel deeply indebted to you for this opportune assistance.

    Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for assistance


/ (əˈsɪstəns) /

  1. help; support

  2. the act of assisting

  1. British informal See national assistance

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