- to provide support for or relief to; help: to aid the homeless victims of the fire.
- to promote the progress or accomplishment of; facilitate.
- to give help or assistance.
- help or support; assistance.
- a person or thing that aids or furnishes assistance; helper; auxiliary.
- aids, Manège.
- Also called natural aids.the means by which a rider communicates with and controls a horse, as the hands, legs, voice, and shifts in weight.
- Also called artificial aids.the devices by means of which a rider increases control of a horse, as spurs, whip, and martingale.
- foreign aid.
- a payment made by feudal vassals to their lord on special occasions.
- English History. (after 1066) any of several revenues received by a king in the Middle Ages from his vassals and other subjects, limited by the Magna Charta to specified occasions.
Origin of aid
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- 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
- American Institute of Decorators.
- American Institute of Interior Designers.
- Also A.I.D. British. artificial insemination donor.
Examples from the Web for aid
After all, smaller developing nations like Cameroon often depend on trade with and aid from the West.The Straight Hero of Cameroon’s Gays
December 10, 2014
Followers had traveled many miles to mourn the loss, and aid in the ritual washing, dressing, and honoring of the body.Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families
December 10, 2014
But that comes too late for the family of an American aid worker killed by ISIS.Exclusive: Obama Orders Hostage Policy Review
November 17, 2014
The woman was taken in August 2013, along with a group of other aid workers who have reportedly been released.A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage
November 17, 2014
I remember the days of the Bosnian war (1992—1995), when Saudi Arabia sent convoys of aid to those besieged in Sarajevo.Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil
Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights
October 30, 2014
The poor dog heard the tumult, and leapt to your aid, sir, and we made after him.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
This operation is performed by a female, with the aid of a stamp.
This operation is performed by the aid of a punch and die fitted into a screw-press.
This process is performed by girls, with the aid of what is called a “bob” or “glazer.”
And not a hand lifted to aid him while he went to work with the bandaging.Way of the Lawless
- to give support to (someone to do something); help or assist
- (tr) to assist financially
- assistance; help; support
- a person, device, etc, that helps or assistsa teaching aid
- Also: artificial aid mountaineering any of various devices such as piton or nut when used as a direct help in the ascent
- (in medieval Europe; in England after 1066) a feudal payment made to the king or any lord by his vassals, usually on certain occasions such as the marriage of a daughter or the knighting of an eldest son
- in aid of British informal in support of; for the purpose of
- denoting a charitable organization or function that raises money for a causeBand Aid; Ferryaid
- acute infectious disease
- artificial insemination (by) donor: former name for Donor Insemination (DI)
Word Origin and History for aid
early 15c., "wartime tax," also "help, support, assistance," from Old French aide, earlier aiudha "aid, help, assistance" (9c.), from Late Latin adjuta, from fem. past participle of Latin adiuvare (past participle adiutus) "to give help to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + iuvare "to help" (see adjutant). Meaning "thing by which assistance is given" is recorded from c.1600. Meaning "material help given by one country to another" is from 1940.
c.1400, "to assist, help," from Old French aidier "help, assistance," from Latin adiutare, frequentative of adiuvare (past participle adiutus) "give help to" (see adjutant). Related: Aided; aiding.
- artificial insemination donor