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/ əˈsɪst /
verb (used with object)
to give support or aid to; help: Please assist him in moving the furniture.
to be associated with as an assistant or helper.
verb (used without object)
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.
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Origin of assist
OTHER WORDS FROM assist
as·sist·er; Chiefly Law, as·sis·tor, nounas·sist·ive, adjectivenon·as·sist·er, nouno·ver·as·sist, verb
re·as·sist, verb (used with object)un·as·sist·ed, adjectiveun·as·sist·ing, adjectivewell-as·sist·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for assistor
/ (əˈsɪst) /
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
Derived forms of assistassister, noun
Word Origin for assist
C15: from French assister to be present, from Latin assistere to stand by, from sistere to cause to stand, from stāre to stand
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