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 unassisted
After the second round of 30 seconds of unassisted pull ups my arms were toast.
Her third child came so fast that the birth was unintentionally “unassisted.”
But before he could reach the pony's side, Sammy sprang lightly to the ground, unassisted.The Shepherd of the Hills|Harold Bell Wright
Alas, I fear it is; for I know the unscrupulous spirit the dear girl has, alone and unassisted, to contend with.The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain|William Carleton
Unassisted she was able to carry the body of her father to the near-by sofa.The Broken Gate|Emerson Hough
He is, in short, a specimen of what untiring industry can accomplish, even when unassisted.Canada and the Canadians|Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle
Unassisted by Agrippa and Mecnas, where should we have placed Augustus?Munster Village|Mary Hamilton
- 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.