What does aid mean?

Definitions for aid

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word aid.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. aid, assistance, help(noun)

    a resource

    "visual aids in teaching"

  2. aid, assist, assistance, help(noun)

    the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

    "he gave me an assist with the housework"; "could not walk without assistance"; "rescue party went to their aid"; "offered his help in unloading"

  3. aid, economic aid, financial aid(noun)

    money to support a worthy person or cause

  4. care, attention, aid, tending(verb)

    the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something

    "no medical care was required"; "the old car needs constant attention"

  5. help, assist, aid(verb)

    give help or assistance; be of service

    "Everyone helped out during the earthquake"; "Can you help me carry this table?"; "She never helps around the house"

  6. help, aid(verb)

    improve the condition of

    "These pills will help the patient"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aid(verb)

    to support, either by furnishing strength or means in cooperation to effect a purpose, or to prevent or to remove evil; to help; to assist

  2. Aid(verb)

    help; succor; assistance; relief

  3. Aid(verb)

    the person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; a helper; an assistant

  4. Aid(verb)

    a subsidy granted to the king by Parliament; also, an exchequer loan

  5. Aid(verb)

    a pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his lord on special occasions

  6. Aid(verb)

    an aid-de-camp, so called by abbreviation; as, a general's aid

  7. Origin: [F. aide, OF. ade, ae, fr. the verb. See Aid, v. t.]


  1. Aid

    In international relations, aid is – from the perspective of governments – a voluntary transfer of resources from one country to another. Humanitarianism and altruism are at least partly an objective for the giving of aid. It may have other functions as well: it may be given as a signal of diplomatic approval, or to strengthen a military ally, to reward a government for behaviour desired by the donor, to extend the donor's cultural influence, to provide infrastructure needed by the donor for resource extraction from the recipient country, or to gain other kinds of commercial access. Aid may be given by individuals, private organizations, or governments. Standards delimiting exactly the kinds of transfers that count as aid vary. For example, aid figures may or may not include transfers for military use: the United States, for example, included military assistance in its aid figure until 1957 but no longer does. The most widely measure of aid is "Official Development Assistance".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aid

    ād, v.t. to help, assist.—n. help: assistance, as in defending an action: an auxiliary: subsidy or money grant to the king.—n. Aid′ance, aid, help, support.—adj. Aid′ant, (arch.) aiding, helping.—n. Aid′er, one who brings aid: a helper.—adjs. Aid′ful; Aid′less.—Court of Aids, the court that supervised the customs duties. [O. Fr. aider—L. adjutāread, and juvāre, jutum, to help.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aid' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1302

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aid' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2085

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aid' in Nouns Frequency: #505

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aid' in Verbs Frequency: #841

Anagrams for aid »

  1. Adi, Dai, DIA, IAD, Ida, I'da


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aid in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of aid in a Sentence

  1. Charles Krauthammer:

    This is a Band-Aid.

  2. Charles Shinn:

    It's a band-aid to us.

  3. Ghulam Isaczai:

    Let's not make aid political.

  4. Phil Crofts:

    We are still drinking the Kool-Aid.

  5. Scott Shellady:

    Just close it, take the Band-Aid off.

Images & Illustrations of aid

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