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Pronunciation:  u'sistuns

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  1. [n]  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"
  2. [n]  a resource; "visual aids in teaching"; "economic assistance to depressed areas"

ASSISTANCE is a 10 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: aid, aid, assist, help, help
 See Also: accommodation, activity, boost, encouragement, facilitation, financial aid, hand, helping hand, lift, ministration, recourse, refuge, relief, resort, resource, self-help, service, succor, succour, support, thanks



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\As*sist"ance\, n. [Cf. F. assistance.]
1. The act of assisting; help; aid; furtherance; succor;

         Without the assistance of a mortal hand. --Shak.

2. An assistant or helper; a body of helpers. [Obs.]

         Wat Tyler [was] killed by valiant Walworth, the lord
         mayor of London, and his assistance, . . . John
         Cavendish.                            --Fuller.

3. Persons present. [Obs. or a Gallicism]

Thesaurus Terms
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