Definition of Assist

1. Noun. The activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose. "Offered his help in unloading"

2. Verb. Give help or assistance; be of service. "They assist him to write the letter"; "She never helps around the house"

3. Noun. (sports) the act of enabling another player to make a good play.

4. Verb. Act as an assistant in a subordinate or supportive function.
Specialized synonyms: Protect, Abet
Generic synonyms: Work
Derivative terms: Assistant, Assistant

5. Verb. Work for or be a servant to. "Sam cannot assist Sue "; "The minister served the King for many years"
Exact synonyms: Attend, Attend To, Serve, Wait On
Specialized synonyms: Valet, Fag
Generic synonyms: Aid, Help
Related verbs: Serve
Derivative terms: Attendant, Attender, Servant, Servitor

Definition of Assist

1. v. t. To give support to in some undertaking or effort, or in time of distress; to help; to aid; to succor.

2. v. i. To lend aid; to help.

Definition of Assist

1. Noun. A helpful action or an act of giving. ¹

2. Noun. (sports) a statistic used in different sports to quantify the act of helping another player score points or goals; in baseball, an assist is defensive, allowing a teammate to record a putout. ¹

3. Verb. (archaic) To stand (at a place) or to (an opinion), to attend a theatrical performance. ¹

4. Verb. To help. ¹

5. Verb. (sports) To make a pass that leads directly towards scoring. ¹

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Definition of Assist

1. to give aid or support to [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Assist

1. To give support or aid, to be present as a spectator. (18 Nov 1997)

Literary usage of Assist

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publications by English Dialect Society (1850)
"Chide to them and their Canons, that they might be removed: Let the Order be, That the Chief Governors may assist me in it"c. The Archbishop, the following ..."

2. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1916)
"B., Chairman: In the year 1915 the Committee to assist the Historian has held only one meeting, namely, on 10 December, which was called at the request of ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1908)
"... fixed abode and are travelling throughout the country, they can enter wedlock only before a priest authorized by the bishop to assist at their marriage. ..."

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