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See also: AID, -aid, Aïd, and aïd



Etymology 1[edit]

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


aid ‎(plural aids)

  1. Help; assistance; succor, relief.
    He came to my aid when I was foundering.
    • Henry Hallam (1777-1859)
      An unconstitutional mode of obtaining aid.
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterI:
      “[…] 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. (Britain) An historical subsidy granted to the crown by Parliament for an extraordinary purpose, such as a war effort.
  5. (Britain) 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".


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”[1], 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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From Proto-Finnic *aita.


aid ‎(genitive singular aidan, partitive singular aidad, partitive plural aidoid)

  1. fence


Inflection of aid
singular plural
nominative aid aidad
accusative aidan aidad
genitive aidan aidoiden
partitive aidad aidoid
inessive aidas aidoiš
illative aidha aidoihe
elative aidaspäi aidoišpäi
adessive aidal aidoil
allative aidale aidoile
ablative aidalpäi aidoilpäi
approximative I aidanno aidoidenno
approximative II aidannoks aidoidennoks
egressive aidannopäi aidoidennopäi
terminative I aidhasai aidoihesai
terminative II aidalesai aidoilesai
terminative III aidassai
additive I aidhapäi aidoihepäi
additive II aidalepäi aidoilepäi
essive-instructive aidan aidoin
translative aidaks aidoikš
abessive aidata aidoita
comitative aidanke aidoidenke
prolative aidadme aidoidme

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  • "забор", "изгородь", "ограда" in Uz' venä-vepsläine vajehnik/Новый русско-вепсский словарь ‎(Novyj russko-vepsskij slovarʹ), Nina G. Zaiceva, Maria I. Mullonen, 2007.



From Proto-Finnic *aita.


aid ‎(genitive aia, partitive aida)

  1. garden