What does assist mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word assist.

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.


  1. assist

    Assist can be defined as the act of helping or providing support to someone in completing a task, achieving a goal, or resolving a problem. It involves offering guidance, resources, or practical aid to make the process easier or more successful. Assistance can be provided in various forms, such as advice, instruction, physical help, or financial support, depending on the specific situation or need.

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. Kate McCue:

    Safety of life at sea is a simple concept for seafarers, those in need, we assist.

  2. Brad Inggs:

    Earth observation and communication payloads on board balloons can also assist in disaster relief.

  3. The National Park Service:

    Pets should be kept leashed and not allowed to interact with live or dead birds or other wildlife, visitors can assist by reporting observations of sick and dead birds, or other ill wildlife, to park staff.

  4. Masako Owada:

    When I think to the days ahead, I don't know how useful I can be, but after being by the sides of their majesties for all these years, and looking forward to their future guidance, I will make as much effort as possible to assist the crown prince and work for the happiness of the nation.

  5. John Campbell:

    That's another reason we need to continue to have this train, advise and assist (mission) for the next several years.

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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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