- to give support or aid to; help: Please assist him in moving the furniture.
- to be associated with as an assistant or helper.
- to give aid or help.
- to be present, as at a meeting or ceremony.
- 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.
- a helpful act: She finished her homework without an assist from her father.
- Machinery. an electrical, hydraulic, or mechanical means of increasing power, efficiency, or ease of use: a luxury automobile equipped with assists for brakes, steering, windows, and seat adjustment.
Origin of assist
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Examples from the Web for assisted
The implication is that she might even have assisted her husband inflicting his superficial wounds.Did Joran Van Der Sloot Fake His Prison Shanking?
Andrea Zarate, Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 5, 2014
He talks candidly about the saga, non-monogamy, assisted suicide, and why he is ‘bored’ of the gay actor debate.9 Must-Read Stories of Syria’s Tokyo Rose, Missing WMDs and #GamerGate: The Best of The Beast
October 18, 2014
In a newspaper interview Sunday, he claimed the government had assisted the militants with arms and funds.Whose Side Is Turkey On?
October 15, 2014
The acts ranged from the mundane to the unexpected: Assisted a tourist with directions because he looked lost.It’s Official: Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral
September 23, 2014
In turn, Holtsman assisted Spitz in obtaining a vehicle and supplies.On the Trail of Nazi Counterfeiters
Dr. Kevin C. Ruffner
September 20, 2014
With his meager strength he assisted, and the two managed to lower the body gently.Way of the Lawless
Fortunately, Mr. Brunton called, and he assisted to while away the time.Life in London
His wife, who had followed him to the hill, assisted her husband's efforts.The Man of Adamant
He assisted the Leopard Woman to this improvised couch and laid her upon it.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Perhaps that sum, trifling as it was, may have smoothed your path and assisted your career.Night and Morning, Complete
- to give help or support to (a person, cause, etc); aid
- to work or act as an assistant or subordinate to (another)
- ice hockey to help (a team-mate) to score, as by passing the puck
- (intr foll by at) archaic to be present; attend
- US and Canadian the act of helping; aid; assistance
- baseball the act of a player who throws or deflects a batted ball in such a way that a team is enabled to put out an opponent
- 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 and History for assisted
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.