verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- Baseball. a play that helps to put out a batter or base runner.
- Basketball, Ice Hockey. a play that helps a teammate in gaining a goal.
- the official credit scored for such plays.
- assiniboine, mount,
- assist-control ventilation,
- assistance dog,
- assistant professor
Origin of assist
Examples from the Web for assist
The FBI has also been searching its records for any information that could assist the French investigation, a spokesperson added.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Not her own—but Landrieu did provide an assist to a man doing a keg stand at Louisiana State University.Mary Landrieu-Bill Cassidy Louisiana Senate Race Heads to a Runoff|Tim Mak|November 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Distant cousins of the Bordens are on hand to assist the cast of 20 people, some of whom are very dedicated guests.Would You Stay in Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murder House?|Nina Strochlic|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Companies across the country donated supplies and equipment to assist him with his expedition.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother|Justin Jones|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The social worker will “assist staff and public with counseling and psychosocial support and communications.”
In time of war the Athenians send to their foes safe conducts to induce them to assist at the celebration.Pagan Origin of Partialist Doctrines|John Claudius Pitrat
But we had again to assist the Continent to strike the fetters off.
Executiveness is required to assist authority and give resistance.History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present|Peter Charles Remondino
Red Dog sent a number of warriors to assist in keeping the ponies in order.Three Sioux Scouts|Elmer Russell Gregor
The son's intimacy did not, however, assist the father; so that at last Maisons made M. le Duc d'Orleans speak to me himself.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete|Duc de Saint-Simon
- a pass or other action by a player which enables another player to score a goal
- a credit given for such an action
Word Origin for assist
early 15c., from Middle French assister "to stand by, help, put, place, assist" (14c.), from Latin assistere "stand by, take a stand near, attend," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + sistere "take a stand, cause to stand," from PIE *siste-, reduplicated form of root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Related: Assisted; assisting. Medical assisted suicide attested from 1884.
1570s, "an act of assistance," from assist (v.). In the sporting sense attested 1877 in baseball, 1925 in ice hockey.