aid

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From Old French aide, from Latin adiuvō (to assist, help). Cognate include Spanish ayuda, Portuguese ajuda and Italian aiuto

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aid (plural aids)

  1. Help; assistance; succor, relief.
    He came to my aid when I was foundering.
    • Hallam
      An unconstitutional mode of obtaining aid.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter 1, The Purchase Price:
      “[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
  2. A helper; an assistant.
    • Tobit viii. 6
      It is not good that man should be alone; let us make unto him an aid like unto himself.
  3. Something which helps; a material source of help.
    Slimming aids include dietary supplements and appetite suppressants.
    • 2013 September-October, Henry Petroski, “The Evolution of Eyeglasses”, American Scientist: 
      The ability of a segment of a glass sphere to magnify whatever is placed before it was known around the year 1000, when the spherical segment was called a reading stone, [] . Scribes, illuminators, and scholars held such stones directly over manuscript pages as an aid in seeing what was being written, drawn, or read.
  4. (UK) An historical subsidy granted to the crown by Parliament for an extraordinary purpose, such as a war effort.
  5. (UK) An exchequer loan.
  6. (law) A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his feudal lord on special occasions.
  7. An aide-de-camp, so called by abbreviation.
    The incompetent general's brilliant aid often made priceless suggestions.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French aidier (modern aider), from Latin adiuto, frequentative of adiuvo "to assist".

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aid (third-person singular simple present aids, present participle aiding, simple past and past participle aided)

  1. (transitive) To (give) support (to); to further the progress of; to help; to assist.
    • Shakespeare
      You speedy helpers [] Appear and aid me in this enterprise.
    • 2012 May 24, Nathan Rabin, “Film: Reviews: Men In Black 3”, The Onion AV Club:
      Smith is aided in his quest by an elfin, time-jumping alien with psychic powers played by another Coen brothers veteran, A Serious Man star Michael Stuhlbarg.
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