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1. The act of assisting.
2. Aid; help: financial assistance.


1. help; support
2. the act of assisting
3. (Social Welfare) informal Brit See national assistance


(əˈsɪs təns)

the act of assisting; help; aid; support.
[1375–1425; late Middle English assistence < Medieval Latin]




candle-holder An abettor; an assistant or attendant. The reference is to the Catholic practice of having someone hold a candle for the reader during a religious service. In everyday language, the expression applies to anyone who helps out in some small way, but who is not a real participant in the action or undertaking. Shakespeare used the term in Romeo and Juliet:

I’ll be a candle-holder and look on. (I, iv)

give a leg up To lend a helping hand; to give someone assistance through a difficult or trying time. This expression, originally meaning to help someone mount a horse, now carries the figurative sense of assisting another over life’s obstacles or helping someone advance through the ranks.

She was now devoting all her energies to give them a leg up. (William E. Norris, Misadventure, 1890)

good Samaritan A compassionate person who selflessly helps those in need; a friend in need; also simply a Samaritan. The allusion is to the Biblical parable (Luke 10:30-37) which tells of a man who had been beaten by thieves. He lay half-dead by the roadside while his neighbors, a priest and a Levite, passed him by. It was a Samaritan, his supposed enemy, who finally showed compassion for the man and took care of him. This expression dates from at least 1644.

I wish some good Samaritan of a Conservative with sufficient authority could heal the feuds among our friends. (Lord Ashburton, Croker Papers, 1846)

go to bat for To support actively, to stick up for or defend; to intercede for, to go to the assistance of. This American slang expression owes its origin to baseball—specifically the role of the pinch hitter. In the mid-1800s, go to the bat was used; by the turn of the century go or come to bat for gained currency. Now go to bat for is heard almost exclusively.

The daughter of old man Brewster who owns the Evening Tab, my meal ticket, came to bat when my show was ready to close. (J. P. McEvoy, Show Girl, 1928)

ka me, ka thee See RECIPROCITY.

pinch-hit To substitute for a regular worker, player, speaker, or performer, especially in an emergency; to take an other person’s place. In this expression, pinch refers to an emergency, a time of stress, and hit refers to a successful, or hopefully successful, attempt. A person called upon in such a predicament is called a pinch-hitter. Though it originated and is most commonly used in baseball to describe the substitution of a batter for the regularly scheduled one, usually at a crucial point in the game, pinch-hit has been expanded to include many other situations and contexts.

In his absence, he has called upon three good friends, also authors of daily columns, to pinch-hit for him and give his readers a “change of pace.” (Lubbock[Texas] Morning Avalanche, February, 1949)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.assistance - the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purposeassistance - 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"
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
self-help - the act of helping or improving yourself without relying on anyone else
facilitation - act of assisting or making easier the progress or improvement of something
helping hand, hand - physical assistance; "give me a hand with the chores"
recourse, refuge, resort - act of turning to for assistance; "have recourse to the courts"; "an appeal to his uncle was his last resort"
thanks - with the help of or owing to; "thanks to hard work it was a great success"
ministration, succor, succour, relief - assistance in time of difficulty; "the contributions provided some relief for the victims"
lift - the act of giving temporary assistance
service - an act of help or assistance; "he did them a service"
accommodation - the act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need
boost, encouragement - the act of giving hope or support to someone
comfort - assistance, such as that provided to an enemy or to a known criminal; "it gave comfort to the enemy"
support - aiding the cause or policy or interests of; "the president no longer has the support of his own party"; "they developed a scheme of mutual support"
2.assistance - a resourceassistance - a resource; "visual aids in teaching"
resource - a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed; "the local library is a valuable resource"



The act or an instance of helping:
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[əˈsɪstəns] Nayuda f, auxilio m
to be of assistance to; give assistance toayudar a, prestar ayuda a
can I be of any assistance?¿puedo ayudarle?, ¿le puedo servir en algo?
to come to sb's assistanceacudir en ayuda or auxilio de algn


[əˈsɪstəns] naide f
assistance in doing sth → aide pour faire qch
can I be of assistance?, can I be of any assistance? → je peux vous aider?
to come to sb's assistance → venir en aide à qn


nHilfe f; to give assistance to somebody (= come to aid of)jdm Hilfe leisten; my secretary will give you every assistancemeine Sekretärin wird Ihnen in jeder Hinsicht behilflich sein; to come to somebody’s assistancejdm zu Hilfe kommen; to be of assistance to somebodyjdm helfen or behilflich sein; can I be of any assistance?kann ich irgendwie helfen or behilflich sein?


[əˈsɪstns] naiuto, assistenza
can I be of any assistance? → posso esserle utile (in qualcosa)? (in shop) → desidera?
to come to sb's assistance → venire in aiuto a qn


(əˈsist) verb
to help. The junior doctor assisted the surgeon at the operation.
asˈsistance noun
help. Do you need assistance?
asˈsistant noun
1. a person who assists; a helper. a laboratory assistant; (also adjective) an assistant headmaster.
2. a person who serves in a shop.


مُسَاعَدَة pomoc hjælp Hilfeleistung βοήθεια asistencia apu assistance pomoć assistenza 援助 도움 assistentie assistanse pomoc assistência помощь hjälp ความช่วยเหลือ yardım sự hỗ trợ 协助


n. asistencia, ayuda.


n asistencia, ayuda
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Go to him, and say that you left them with a message to hasten to their aid," returned Cora, advancing nigher to the scout in her generous ardor; "that the Hurons bear them into the northern wilds, but that by vigilance and speed they may yet be rescued; and if, after all, it should please heaven that his assistance come too late, bear to him," she continued, her voice gradually lowering, until it seemed nearly choked, "the love, the blessings, the final prayers of his daughters, and bid him not mourn their early fate, but to look forward with humble confidence to the Christian's goal to meet his children.
This I accepted, and at the request of the same gentlemen, undertook to mark out a road in the best passage from the settlement through the wilderness to Kentucke, with such assistance as I thought necessary to employ for such an important undertaking.
It was only with the assistance of a servant, and by leaning his hand heavily on the iron balustrade, that he could slowly and painfully ascend the Custom-House steps, and, with a toilsome progress across the floor, attain his customary chair beside the fireplace.
It had been intentionally left as much as possible out of sight and was tied to one of the stakes of a fence that came, just there, down to the brink and that had been an assistance to disembarking.
But here be it premised, that owing to the unwearied activity with which of late they have been hunted over all four oceans, the Sperm Whales, instead of almost invariably sailing in small detached companies, as in former times, are now frequently met with in extensive herds, sometimes embracing so great a multitude, that it would almost seem as if numerous nations of them had sworn solemn league and covenant for mutual assistance and protection.
Moreover, I shall feel bound to give you every assistance, in the use of horses, servants, &c.
We considered it best to perform this delicate service with the assistance of a lantern, on account of the state of the weather.
As a young boy he was sent to Baltimore, to be a house servant, where he learned to read and write, with the assistance of his master's wife.
It was most unlikely, therefore, that he should ever want his father's assistance.
I believe you are right, my love; it will be better that there should by no annuity in the case; whatever I may give them occasionally will be of far greater assistance than a yearly allowance, because they would only enlarge their style of living if they felt sure of a larger income, and would not be sixpence the richer for it at the end of the year.
The kindness which he showed in devoting himself to my assistance exceeds all description.
So saying, he accommodated the friar with his assistance in tying the endless number of points, as the laces which attached the hose to the doublet were then termed.

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