- 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 unaided
That makes it appear about six times brighter than Pluto, but still far fainter than any star we can see with the unaided eye.The Hypervelocity Star That’s Being Booted from the Galaxy
Matthew R. Francis
May 11, 2014
Modern wars are not won by the unaided efforts of heroes and geniuses.David's Bookclub: The Caine Mutiny
January 28, 2013
No sooner had he formally opened the meeting, however, than it became clear he was not chairing it unaided.The Man Who Won't Apologize
October 23, 2011
In a few minutes, unaided, she sat up in the middle of her great royal bed.The Dream
Weissman and his co-workers have contended that this unaided principle will serve.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
Mr. Stone was rich, he had become so by his own ability and unaided effort.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Unaided I walked here from the house," he informed her with a boastful air.The Lion's Skin
And you flatter yourself that you can carry me off, unaided?A Romance of the West Indies
- without having received any help
- 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 unaided
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