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 assisting
CD Global Strategies reported earning $30,000 for the Burkina Faso work and $100,000 for assisting Togo.
The article also suggested that aid to those areas is assisting ISIS in its state-building ambitions.
In 1998, he became a regular Tuesday fixture, assisting viewers in relationship issues and offering general life advice.
Everybody involved in assisting the Malaysians has been very tight-lipped about what is going on.
Bratton voiced particular interest in assisting the mentally disturbed.
Richet and Finzi following her movements without at all assisting them.Mysterious Psychic Forces|Camille Flammarion
So far from assisting me and the choir to go out with dignity, it really fetters our movements.The Nebuly Coat|John Meade Falkner
When we first landed, I was very active in assisting to get the casks out of the boat, and in rolling them to the watering-place.
So far from Russia assisting Naples, it may involve her, without the greatest care and circumspection, in total ruin.The Life of Nelson, Vol. II. (of 2)|A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
"I think I can guess what it is," I said, assisting her at her toilet, which was never an elaborate business with her.Ernest Linwood|Caroline Lee Hentz
- 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.