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Definition of assist verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    assist

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈsɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɪst//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they assist
    BrE BrE//əˈsɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɪst//
     
    he / she / it assists
    BrE BrE//əˈsɪsts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɪsts//
     
    past simple assisted
    BrE BrE//əˈsɪstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɪstɪd//
     
    past participle assisted
    BrE BrE//əˈsɪstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɪstɪd//
     
    -ing form assisting
    BrE BrE//əˈsɪstɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɪstɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to help somebody to do something Anyone willing to assist can contact this number. assist in/with something We are looking for people who would be willing to assist in the group's work. assist somebody We'll do all we can to assist you. The play was directed by Mike Johnson, assisted by Sharon Gale. assist somebody in doing something We will assist you in finding somewhere to live. assist somebody in/with something Two men are assisting the police with their enquiries (= are being questioned by the police). assist somebody to do something a course to assist adults to return to the labour market
  2. 2  [transitive] assist something to help something to happen more easily activities that will assist the decision-making process
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French assister, from Latin assistere ‘take one's stand by’, from ad- ‘to, at’ + sistere ‘take one's stand’.Extra examples She offered to assist with the marketing of the product. She was ably assisted by a team of volunteers. We have been greatly assisted by individuals and organizations. measures designed to assist people with disabilities Day hospitals have sprung up to assist the process of rehabilitation. These activities will assist the decision-making process. This is a programme to assist adults in returning to the labour market. Two approaches might assist in tackling the problem. Two men are assisting the police with their enquiries. Volcanic eruptions like this probably assisted the development of life on this planet. We are looking for people who would be willing to assist in the group’s work. We’ll do all we can to assist you.
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