- 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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Examples from the Web for aiding
How culpable are sites like Facebook, Google, and Apple in aiding potential spying, and the loss of privacy?Laura Poitras on Snowden's Unrevealed Secrets
December 1, 2014
And then he was charged not with forcible rape, but with having sex with a prisoner and then aiding her escape.Rape, Lies & Videotape in Ferguson
November 18, 2014
Our driver is a doctor who was held in detention for three years by U.S. forces on charges of aiding the Taliban.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
One role the desert-dwelling Bedouin and Berbers would be perfectly suited to is aiding the army in its frontier patrols.On the Contraband Trail With Libya’s Gun Smugglers
June 16, 2014
“This is aiding and abetting criminal activity,” charges campaign finance attorney Dan Backer, counsel for Stop Hillary.Hillary’s SuperPAC War Proves Yet Again That Campaign Finance Needs a Fix
January 28, 2014
What will your father say if he finds me aiding and abetting?Weighed and Wanting
When he gave, he gave all that he had; he had no notion of aiding or assisting.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II.
Charles James Lever
Tom said he was aiding the committee, looking after the poor.Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times
Charles Carleton Coffin
I had won Sidi's gratitude by aiding him against two ruffians.At Aboukir and Acre
George Alfred Henty
After a moment she shook off his aiding arm and moved slowly to Tobey's door.
- 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)
- 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
Word Origin and History for aiding
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