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Meaning of aid by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( RP )
      • IPA: /eɪd/
    • Rhymes: -eɪd
    • Homophone: aide

    Etymology 1

    From Old French aide, from Latin adiuvō ( “to assist, help” ). Cognate include Spanish ayuda, Portuguese ajuda and Italian aiuto


    aid ( plural: aids )

    1. Help assistance; succor, relief.
    2. The person who promotes or helps in something being done; a helper; an assistant.
    3. Something which helps; a material source of help .
      The incompetent general's brilliant aid often made priceless suggestions .
    4. ( UK ) A historical subsidy granted to the crown by Parliament for an extraordinary purpose, such as a war effort
    5. ( UK ) An exchequer loan .
    6. ( law ) A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his feudal lord on special occasions .
    7. An aide-de-camp, so called by abbreviation
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    From Old French aidier ( modern aider ), from Latin adiuto, frequentative of adiuvo "to assist" .


    aid ( third-person singular simple present aids present participle aiding, simple past and past participle aided )

    1. ( transitive ) To ( give ) support ( to ); to further the progress of; to help; to assist.
    Derived terms
    • aidable
    • aidance
    • aider
    Related terms
    • aidant
    • aide, aide-de-camp


    • Adi, Dai, DIA, IAD, I'da, Ida

Explanation of aid by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. improve the condition of

    2. give help or assistance

    1. the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something

    2. the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

    3. rescue party went to their aid
    4. a resource

    5. visual aids in teaching
    6. money to support a worthy person or cause

    Definition of aid by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Aid v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aided ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Aiding.] [F. aider, OF. aidier, fr. L. adjutare to help, freq. of adjuvare to help; ad + juvare to help. Cf. Adjutant.] To support, either by furnishing strength or means in coöperation to effect a purpose, or to prevent or to remove evil; to help; to assist.

      You speedy helpers . . .

      Appear and aid me in this enterprise. Shak.

      Syn. -- To help; assist; support; sustain; succor; relieve; befriend; coöperate; promote. See Help.

    2. Aid, n. [F. aide, OF. aïde, aïe, fr. the verb. See Aid, v. t.]
      1. Help; succor; assistance; relief.

      An unconstitutional mode of obtaining aid. Hallam.

      2. The person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; a helper; an assistant.

      It is not good that man should be alone; let us make unto him an aid like unto himself. Tobit viii. 6.

      3. ( Eng. Hist. ) A subsidy granted to the king by Parliament; also, an exchequer loan.

      4. ( Feudal Law ) A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his lord on special occasions. Blackstone.

      5. An aid-de-camp, so called by abbreviation; as, “a general's aid”.

      Aid prayer ( Law ), a proceeding by which a defendant beseeches and claims assistance from some one who has a further or more permanent interest in the matter in suit. -- To pray in aid, to beseech and claim such assistance.