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



    BrE BrE//əˈsɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɪst//
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  1. 1an action in ice hockey, football/ soccer, etc. in which a player passes the ball in a way that helps another player on the same team to score a goal He had/made ten assists.
  2. 2an action in baseball in which a player throws the ball to another member of the team who gets an opponent out either by stepping onto the base before the runner reaches it, or by touching the runner with the ball before he or she reaches the base See related entries: Baseball
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French assister, from Latin assistere ‘take one's stand by’, from ad- ‘to, at’ + sistere ‘take one's stand’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: assist

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