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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of assisting.
  • n. Aid; help: financial assistance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Aid; help; the act or result of assisting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of assisting; help; aid; furtherance; succor; support.
  • n. An assistant or helper; a body of helpers.
  • n. Persons present.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A being present; presence; attendance.
  • n. The persons present; spectators; audience.
  • n. Help; aid; furtherance; succor; a contribution in aid, by bodily strength or other means.
  • n. An assistant or helper; assistants collectively.
  • n. Hence, specifically In English common law and American colonial law, a general name for a somewhat undefined body of subordinate parish or town officers or auxiliaries, apparently including, as sometimes used, the ex-officers, in their customary function of advisers.
  • n. In American history, a writ issued by a superior colonial court, on alleged precedents of the English Court of Exchequer, authorizing any officers of the crown, in the process of executing the acts of trade, to summon assistance and enter and search any premises. The attempt to use such writs in Massachusetts, defeated in 1761, was one of the abuses which led. to the revolution. Synonyms Aid, support, backing, relief.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a resource
  • n. the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

Etymologies

Middle French assistance, from Medieval Latin assistentia, from Latin assisto. (Wiktionary)

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