aid

[ eyd ]
/ eɪd /

verb (used with object)

to provide support for or relief to; help: to aid the homeless victims of the fire.
to promote the progress or accomplishment of; facilitate.

verb (used without object)

to give help or assistance.

noun

QUIZZES

BEAT THE DOLDRUMS WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

We know you’ll tackle this quiz totis viribus! See how many words from the week of Oct 12–18, 2020 you get right!
Question 1 of 7
What does “Indigenous” mean?

Origin of aid

First recorded in 1375–1425; (noun) late Middle English ayde, from Anglo-French, Old French aide, noun derivative of aid(i)er, from Latin adjūtāre “to help” (frequentative of adjuvāre ), equivalent to ad- prefix meaning “toward” + -jū- “help” + -t- frequentative suffix + -āre infinitive suffix; (verb) from Anglo-French, Old French aid(i)er, from Latin, as above; see ad-

synonym study for aid

1. See help.

words often confused with aid

Although the nouns aid and aide both have among their meanings “an assisting person,” the spelling aide is increasingly used for the sense “helper, assistant”: One of the senator's aides is calling. Aide in military use is short for aide-de-camp. It is also the spelling in nurse's aide.

OTHER WORDS FROM aid

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH aid

1. aid , aide (see usage note at the current entry)2. aides, aids , AIDS

Definition for aid (2 of 3)

AID1
[ eyd ]
/ eɪd /

noun U.S. Government.

the division of the United States International Development Cooperation Agency that coordinates the various foreign aid programs with U.S. foreign policy: established in 1961.

Origin of AID

1
A(gency for) I(nternational) D(evelopment)

Definition for aid (3 of 3)

AID2

abbreviation

American Institute of Decorators.
American Institute of Interior Designers.
British. artificial insemination donor.Also A.I.D.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for aid

British Dictionary definitions for aid (1 of 3)

aid
/ (eɪd) /

verb

to give support to (someone to do something); help or assist
(tr) to assist financially

noun

Derived forms of aid

aider, noun

Word Origin for aid

C15: via Old French aidier from Latin adjūtāre to help, from juvāre to help

British Dictionary definitions for aid (2 of 3)

Aid

-aid


n combining form

denoting a charitable organization or function that raises money for a causeBand Aid; Ferryaid

British Dictionary definitions for aid (3 of 3)

AID

abbreviation for

acute infectious disease
artificial insemination (by) donor: former name for Donor Insemination (DI)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for aid

AID

abbr.

artificial insemination donor
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.