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.


Origin of assist

1505–15; < Latin assistere to stand by, help, equivalent to as- as- + sistere to (cause to) stand (si- reduplicative prefix + -ste- (variant of sta- stand) + -re infinitive suffix)
Related formsas·sist·er; Chiefly Law, as·sis·tor, nounas·sist·ive, adjectivenon·as·sist·er, nouno·ver·as·sist, verbre·as·sist, verb (used with object)un·as·sist·ed, adjectiveun·as·sist·ing, adjectivewell-as·sist·ed, adjective

Synonyms for assist

Antonyms for assist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unassisted

Contemporary Examples of unassisted

Historical Examples of unassisted

  • Alone and unassisted he first ascertained by personal inquiry the extent of the evil.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Main strength, unassisted by skill, is slavery's method of labor.

    My Bondage and My Freedom

    Frederick Douglass

  • In this anxiety and fear my own unassisted resolution and fortitude could not sustain me.

    The Story of My Life

    Egerton Ryerson

  • The patient then had been for some time taking daily walks, unassisted.

    The Electric Bath

    George M. Schweig

  • Unassisted she had mounted it and ridden away out the Quemado Road.

British Dictionary definitions for unassisted



without aid or help; alone



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
  1. a pass or other action by a player which enables another player to score a goal
  2. a credit given for such an action
Derived Formsassister, 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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Word Origin and History for unassisted

1610s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of assist (v.).



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.

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