- 1Help, typically of a practical nature: he saw the pilot slumped in his cockpit and went to his aid within six weeks he was walking with the aid of a walkerMore example sentences
- SIR - I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the young couple who came to my aid on Friday evening when I was stranded in my car in a flood near Carleton.
- Two passers-by came to his aid and helped to find the cause of his injury.
- It is likely the victim was the only person in the carriage because no-one came to his aid or offered him help when the attack was over.
- 1.1Financial or material help given to a country or area in need: 700,000 tons of food aid [as modifier]: aid convoysMore example sentences
- It specializes in bringing food and other material aid to war-torn areas.
- They also gave food and material aid to as many as 10,269 people to help reconstruct destroyed homes.
- Eventually, they turned to their church and asked for some financial aid to buy food and basics and got it.
- 1.2A person or thing that is a source of help or assistance: exercise is an important aid to recovery after heart attacks a teaching aidMore example sentences
- This allows the instructor to use the pistol as a teaching aid to show students where the sharp edges on their guns need to be relieved.
- This is an aid to bring more security in the post-Cold War era.
- Tools and training aids are available to assist your unit to train safety and succeed on the battlefield.
- 1.3 • historical A grant of subsidy or tax to a king.More example sentences
- In 1678, he spoke in favour of giving an aid to the king, and the following month obtained a commission for raising an independent company of foot, and was appointed governor of Bridlington.
- An Act for granting a Royal Aid to the King's Majesty, of Twenty-four Hundred Threescore and Seventeen Thousand and Five Hundred Pounds, to be raised, levied, and paid, in the Space of Three Years.
- In the proceedings of the parliament of 1242, which were duly recorded and which survive as the earliest authorized report of a parliamentary debate, we find the representatives of the nation, after thoroughly discussing the expediency of a foreign war, bold enough to oppose it by refusing an aid to the king to carry it on.
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- 1Help, assist, or support (someone or something) in the achievement of something: women were aided in childbirth by midwives [no object]: the heel was slanted to aid in climbing hilly terrainMore example sentences
- I am sorry for your loss, and hope that you have the emotional, physical and spiritual support you need to aid you and your new baby to a happier outcome.
- May you and your husband have luck quitting smoking; make use of the myriad of support networks available to aid you in the battle to quit.
- This they easily achieved as they were aided by popular support.
- 1.1Promote or encourage (something): diet and exercise aid healthy skinMore example sentences
- It has been said the butter may reduce the risk of cancer because it contains healthy bacteria which aids digestion and boosts immune response.
- Healthy teeth mean that the child is able to eat a healthy diet, and aid the growth of the jaw.
- Fish oil aids memory and promotes mental acuity because it makes nerve-cell membranes more fluid and more reactive to signals.
aid and abet
- see abet.
in aid of
- chiefly British In support of; for the purpose of raising money for: a concert in aid of ArmeniaMore example sentences
- Keen dancers are being urged to support a charity event in aid of a children's cancer unit.
- Funds raised are in aid of worthy local causes and support would be greatly appreciated.
- The quiz is in aid of Rehab and all support of this worthy cause would be appreciated.
late Middle English: from Old French aïde (noun), aïdier (verb), based on Latin adjuvare, from ad- 'toward' + juvare 'to help'.