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aid 1

Pronunciation: /eɪd/


1 [mass noun] Help, typically of a practical nature: he saw the pilot slumped in his cockpit and went to his aid she walked with the aid of a Zimmer frame
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  • 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]: an aid agency
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  • 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.
patronage, sponsorship, backing;
debt remission
informal a leg up, shot in the arm
1.2 [count noun] A source of help or assistance: exercise is an important aid to recovery after heart attacks a teaching aid
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  • 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.
2 historical A grant of subsidy or tax to a king or queen.
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  • 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.


[with object]
1Help or support (someone or something) in the achievement of something: women were aided in childbirth by midwives [no object]: research was conducted to aid in making decisions
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  • 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.
help, assist, abet, come to the aid of, give assistance to, lend a hand to, be of service to;
avail, succour, sustain;
support, back, back up, second, stand by, uphold
1.1Promote or encourage (something): diet and exercise aid healthy skin
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  • 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.
facilitate, promote, encourage, help, speed up, hasten, accelerate, expedite, further, boost, give a boost/lift/push to, spur on, smooth/clear the way for



aid and abet

see abet.

in aid of

chiefly British In support of; for the purpose of raising money for: a charity show in aid of Leukaemia Research
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  • 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.

what's (all) this in aid of?

British informal What is the purpose of this?


Late Middle English: from Old French aide (noun), aidier (verb), based on Latin adjuvare, from ad- 'towards' + juvare 'to help'.

  • This comes via Old French from Latin adjuvare, from ad- ‘towards’ and juvare ‘to help’.

Words that rhyme with aid

abrade, afraid, aide, ambuscade, arcade, balustrade, barricade, Belgrade, blade, blockade, braid, brigade, brocade, cannonade, carronade, cascade, cavalcade, cockade, colonnade, crusade, dissuade, downgrade, enfilade, esplanade, evade, fade, fusillade, glade, grade, grenade, grillade, handmade, harlequinade, homemade, invade, jade, lade, laid, lemonade, limeade, made, maid, man-made, marinade, masquerade, newlaid, orangeade, paid, palisade, parade, pasquinade, persuade, pervade, raid, serenade, shade, Sinéad, staid, stockade, stock-in-trade, suede, tailor-made, they'd, tirade, trade, Ubaid, underpaid, undismayed, unplayed, unsprayed, unswayed, upbraid, upgrade, wade

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