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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aid, assist, assistance, helpnoun

    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"

  2. assistverb

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

  3. help, assist, aidverb

    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"

  4. assistverb

    act as an assistant in a subordinate or supportive function

  5. serve, attend to, wait on, attend, assistverb

    work for or be a servant to

    "May I serve you?"; "She attends the old lady in the wheelchair"; "Can you wait on our table, please?"; "Is a salesperson assisting you?"; "The minister served the King for many years"


  1. assistnoun

    A helpful action or an act of giving.

    The foundation gave a much needed assist to the shelter.

  2. assistnoun

    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.

    He had two assists in the game.

  3. assistverb

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

    A great part of the nobility assisted to his opinion.

  4. assistverb

    To help.

  5. assistverb

    To make a pass that leads directly towards scoring.

  6. Etymology: From assister, from assistere, both words meaning, "to assist."

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ASSISTverb

    To help.

    Etymology: assister, Fr. assisto, Lat.

    Receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and assist her in whatsoever business she hath need. Rom. xvi. 2.

    It is necessary and assisting to all our other intellectual faculties. John Locke.

    Acquaintance with method will assist one in ranging human affairs. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    She no sooner yielded to adultery, but she agreed to assist in the murder of her husband. William Broome, on Odyssey.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assistverb

    to give support to in some undertaking or effort, or in time of distress; to help; to aid; to succor

  2. Assistverb

    to lend aid; to help

  3. Assistverb

    to be present as a spectator; as, to assist at a public meeting



    ASSIST is an IBM System/370-compatible assembler and interpreter developed in the 1970s at Penn State University by John Mashey and a group of Mashey's student assistants. Originally, ASSIST was available only to universities and was implemented at several hundred of them, but was occasionally used elsewhere. In 1998, Penn State declared that ASSIST was no longer copyrighted and that the program was freely available.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Assist

    as-sist′, v.t. to help.—v.i. to be present at a ceremony: (Shak.) to accompany.—n. Assist′ance, help: relief.—adj. Assist′ant, helping or lending aid.—n. one who assists: a helper. [L. assistĕre, to stand by—ad, to, sistĕre.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assist' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3791

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assist' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4575

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assist' in Verbs Frequency: #470

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of assist in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of assist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of assist in a Sentence

  1. Brandon Kalloo Sanes:

    The U.S. Air Force is standing by and ready to assist with anything that comes up, the 920th Rescue Wing in particular has three HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters ready to go. Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Katrina also have two HC-130s in Georgia that are capable of in-air refueling.

  2. Jay Insleeactivated:

    They will be unarmed and assist with infrastructure protection and crowd movement, they will only be utilized if absolutely necessary and we appreciate their efforts to help in this important work.

  3. Ash Carter:

    We're certainly committed to providing intelligence support and advice and assist support. With respect to introducing more forces on the ground with them, that is something that we will I think need to revisit as those forces are actually produced, our role is to be an enabler, a motivator, the chairman used the word leadership, not a substitute for a capable ground force, but an enabler of a ground force.

  4. Bryce Evans:

    To the hacking community, who engage in discussions on the dark web and who, no doubt, have information that could assist this investigation, Toronto Police’re appealing to you to do the right thing, this is a unique situation that has caused enormous social and economic fallout.

  5. Barack Obama:

    Today, fewer than 10,000 troops remain on a mission to train and assist Afghan forces. We’ll continue to bring them home and reduce our forces further, down to an embassy presence by the end of next year, but Afghanistan remains a very dangerous place. And as so many families know, our troops continue to risk their lives for us.

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Translations for assist

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  • дапамагчы́, памагчы́, спрыя́ць, паспрыя́ць, памага́ць, дапамага́цьBelarusian
  • помагам, съдействам, асистенция, асистирамBulgarian
  • assistènciaCatalan, Valencian
  • pomáhat, asistovatCzech
  • unterstützen, assistieren, beistehen, helfenGerman
  • ayudar, asistirSpanish
  • syöttö, auttaa, syöttää, avustaaFinnish
  • passe décisive, assister, aiderFrench
  • सहायताHindi
  • օգնելArmenian
  • stoðsendingIcelandic
  • assistere, aiutareItalian
  • 手伝うJapanese
  • 돕다Korean
  • subvenioLatin
  • whakamahiri, whakahirihiri, āwhinaMāori
  • assistMongolian
  • assisteren, voorzetten, een [[voorzet]] [[geven]], bijstaanDutch
  • assistência, assistir, ajudar, [[prestar]] [[assistência]]Portuguese
  • asista, ajutaRomanian
  • поспосо́бствовать, помо́чь, голево́й пас, ассисти́ровать, помога́ть, соде́йствовать, посоде́йствовать, результати́вная переда́ча, спосо́бствоватьRussian
  • asistencijaSerbo-Croatian
  • hjälpa, bistå, assistera, stödja, assistSwedish
  • asistTurkish
  • допомогти́, допомага́ти, посприя́ти, сприя́тиUkrainian
  • giúp, trợ giúp, hỗ trợVietnamese

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    a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
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