aid

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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


Origin of aid

1375–1425; (noun) late Middle English ayde < Anglo-French, Old French aide, noun derivative of aid(i)er < Latin adjūtāre to help (frequentative of adjuvāre), equivalent to ad- ad- + -jū- help + -t- frequentative suffix + -āre infinitive suffix; (v.) < Anglo-French, Old French aid(i)er < Latin, as above
Related formsaid·er, nounaid·ful, adjectiveaid·less, adjectiveun·aid·ed, adjectiveun·aid·ed·ly, adverbun·aid·ing, adjective
Can be confusedaid aide (see usage note at the current entry)aides aids AIDS

Synonyms for aid

1. See help. 2. abet, back, foster, advance. 4. succor; relief; subsidy, grant.

Antonyms for aid

Usage note

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.

AID

[eyd]

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

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

AID

American Institute of Decorators.
American Institute of Interior Designers.
Also A.I.D. British. artificial insemination donor.
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British Dictionary definitions for aid

aid

verb

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

noun

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
Derived Formsaider, noun

Word Origin for aid

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

Aid

-aid

n combining form

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

AID

abbreviation for

acute infectious disease
artificial insemination (by) donor: former name for Donor Insemination (DI)
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Word Origin and History for aid
n.

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.

v.

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.

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aid in Medicine

AID

abbr.

artificial insemination donor
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