Definition of assistance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈsɪstəns//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɪstəns//
[uncountable] (formal) Helping others
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help or support technical/economic/military assistance financial assistance for people on low incomes Can I be of any assistance? Despite his cries, no one came to his assistance. He can walk only with the assistance of crutches. assistance with something She offered me practical assistance with my research. assistance in doing something/to do something The company provides advice and assistance in finding work. See related entries: Helping others Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, or from medieval Latin assistentia, from Latin assistere ‘take one's stand by’, from ad- ‘to, at’ + sistere ‘take one's stand’.Extra examples A sympathetic passer-by came to his assistance. Did you receive any assistance from the authorities? Do let us know if we can be of any assistance to you. I advise you to seek assistance from the police. People in the flooded areas are in need of direct assistance. She had no one to turn to for assistance. The World Bank promised assistance of $5 million. The World Bank promised assistance to the value of $5 million. The government is willing to lend assistance to victims of the flooding. The treaty pledged mutual assistance in the event of an attack on either country. The work was completed with the assistance of local carpenters. They argued the case for extra government assistance for the poorest regions. We provide assistance if your car breaks down. assistance from friends and family assistance in finding a place to stay assistance in finding suitable accommodation assistance with rent for people on a low income disabled people who need personal assistance to enable them to live in their own homes humanitarian assistance for refugees the stigma attached to receiving social assistance Despite his cries, no one came to his assistance. Good afternoon Sir, can I be of any assistance? He can only walk with the assistance of crutches. The other passengers went to her assistance. technical/​economic/​military assistance
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