Definition of assistance in English:


Syllabification: as·sis·tance
Pronunciation: /əˈsistəns


  • 1The provision of money, resources, or information to help someone: plans offering financial assistance to employers she will be glad to give advice and assistance
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    • This treaty gave China money and technical assistance to modernise her industry.
    • The Foreign Office said they were offering full assistance to the man and his employers.
    • She has 14 dogs to look after, although she now receives some home assistance to help her out.
    help, aid, support, backing, reinforcement, succor, relief, TLC, intervention, cooperation, collaboration; a (helping) hand, a good turn; social security, benefits; customer service
    informal a break, a leg up
    the dole
  • 1.1The action of helping someone with a job or task: the work was completed with the assistance of carpenters
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    • Pen nodded and with the assistance of the nurse she was able to get out of the bed and into the wheel chair.
    • I wish to publicly record my gratitude to those whose support and assistance made this possible.
    • I owe many people my thanks for their support and assistance during the preparation of this book.


be of assistance

Be of practical use or help: the guide will be of assistance to development groups
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  • We hope this financial contribution will be of assistance.
  • This is a very welcome development and will particularly be of assistance to the elderly and those who do not drive or have access to a car.
  • I would love very much to make a legitimate connection with Ireland and, thus, would be most indebted to any, and all, that could be of assistance.

come to someone's assistance

Act to help someone.
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  • After so long, it is really encouraging to see so many people coming to my assistance.
  • My friends told me that firefighters would only come to your assistance after a price is negotiated.
  • They have contacted many business people in the meantime, which they hope will come to their assistance.


late Middle English: from Old French, or from medieval Latin assistentia, from Latin assistere (see assist).

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