Definition of assist in English:



  • 1 Help (someone), typically by doing a share of the work:

    ‘a senior academic would assist him in his work’
    [no object] ‘their presence would assist in keeping the peace’
    • ‘Waterford Immigration Network is a voluntary group working to support and assist refugee families in the city.’
    • ‘In this model the regular education teacher and the special education teacher collaborate to assist the included child.’
    • ‘An emphasis on the family is important to assist parents in supporting their children's grieving process.’
    • ‘Several professional friends and colleagues have encouraged and assisted me in collecting material for this Guide.’
    • ‘As the second stooped to assist her fallen friend, who should walk towards the hotel entrance but their hero.’
    • ‘They would also assist the senior students in their film projects, and interact with the faculty.’
    • ‘The foundation combines emotional, physical and academic programs to assist the children who need it the most.’
    • ‘Council libraries were an example of where staff were using their second language skills to assist library users.’
    • ‘Likewise he is banned from encouraging, inciting or assisting any person to commit any acts of anti-social behaviour.’
    • ‘They've provided free accommodation and assisted him in a several ways.’
    • ‘Occupational schemes are selected by employers who want to encourage or assist their staff in adequate provision for their retirement.’
    • ‘Family members or friends can assist patients by encouraging the patients to discuss their feelings and worries.’
    • ‘The plan, claim supporters, will assist farmers and ranchers dealing with severe losses caused by last year's weather.’
    • ‘Families play a support role when they assist teachers with classroom preparations or with the achievement of educational goals.’
    • ‘The most recent project has been to help improve and develop computer skills, assisting young people with homework and providing additional resources for all.’
    • ‘However, all recognize that collaboration is the best way to assist the people whom they serve.’
    • ‘The sickness and invalids benefit strategy is showing encouraging results in assisting people to recover and return to employment.’
    • ‘In social support interventions, a resource person was provided to assist patients in meeting the challenges of the illness.’
    • ‘Davis said the police were assisting the people to transport their belongings to their various homes and would also assist in the clean-up.’
    • ‘I followed him to the front of the coach, and he assisted me as I climbed atop the driver's bench.’
    help, aid, abet, lend a hand to, lend a helping hand to, give assistance to, be of use to, oblige, accommodate, serve, be of service to, do someone a service, do someone a favour, do someone a good turn, bail someone out, come to someone's rescue
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    1. 1.1 Help by providing money or information:
      ‘they were assisting police with their inquiries’
      [no object] ‘funds to assist with capital investment’
      • ‘I would urge anyone who has information which could assist police to come forward.’
      • ‘Max appealed to the community to come forward with information that could assist police in their investigation.’
      • ‘We would urgently appeal to the driver or passengers as they may have vital information to assist this investigation.’
      • ‘I would urge residents who have information which may assist this initiative to contact me in complete confidence.’
      • ‘If you have some information that is going to assist the police in taking a close look at other potential suspects, tell it to the police, don't tell it to the world.’
      • ‘We would like this person to contact us as soon as possible because they may have vital information to assist the inquiry.’
      • ‘In urging the public to assist the police with information, Paul said crime was the business of all law-abiding persons.’
      • ‘Sometimes they were assisted with money to buy medicines or helped with other misfortunes.’
      • ‘He also appealed to residents to come forward with whatever information that might assist police in their investigations.’
      • ‘The money raised will assist GOAL in the provision of medical care and the distribution of food and household items in South East Asia.’
      • ‘Garda are anxious to speak to the owner of an articulated lorry who may be able to assist with information.’
      • ‘These people may have vital information which could assist the police in identifying the attacker.’
      • ‘They include transportation and can assist with information regarding on- and off-resort activities.’
      • ‘There is no general obligation on health professionals to disclose confidential information in order to assist the police with the investigation of crimes.’
      • ‘The money is to assist the CFSC in providing funding for various projects involving small to medium-sized enterprises throughout the region.’
      • ‘This centre will then be able to assist with local information on services in that area.’
      • ‘If anyone has information which might assist with the completion of my family tree, I would like to hear from you.’
      • ‘For half a century volunteers have been a strong force for creating effective change through raising money to assist the work of the Save the Children Fund.’
      • ‘The footage could also be passed onto police to assist with inquiries.’
      • ‘I will ask them to search their conscience and to contact the police with any information that will assist this investigation.’
      facilitate, aid, ease, make easier, expedite, spur, promote, boost, give a boost to, benefit, foster, encourage, stimulate, precipitate, accelerate, advance, further, forward, help along, contribute to, be a factor in, smooth the way for, clear a path for, open the door for, oil the wheels of
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    2. 1.2[no object] Be present as a helper:
      ‘two midwives who assisted at a water birth’
      • ‘Set up a computer that can be used for editing, and let users know when you (or someone who is familiar with the software) are available to assist.’
      • ‘A number of organizations and support groups can assist you in your fight against obesity.’
      • ‘He will be long remembered by his colleagues for untiring attention to all aspects of his work, unfailing courtesy and easy availability to assist and advise.’
      • ‘Rainbows is a peers support programme to assist children or adults who are grieving a death or separation.’
      • ‘Filtering software and technologies can assist, but not replace parental supervision.’
      • ‘It is hoped that all three local councillors will be able to be present to assist in the process.’
      • ‘The difference in the instant case is that it is left to the common law to provide the answer, no statutory framework is present to assist.’
      • ‘The summary is presented to assist in understanding the financial statements.’
      • ‘She has also assisted at blood donor sessions in the town, and only stopped doing that in March.’
      • ‘Sometimes an official may be present to interpret and assist, but the onus still is on the player.’
      • ‘He's been out there and up all night assisting under the leadership of the Coast Guard and Suffolk County Police.’
      • ‘If you need help with your resume we have friendly knowledgeable staff available to assist.’
      • ‘The leaflet says: ‘We need to form a new committee and require other helpers to assist in organising and running events that you want.’’
      • ‘Yet, exercise professionals can assist clients by encouraging the idea that exercise is a priority.’
      • ‘I [i.e. Mr Jones] told him to leave the day-to-day management of [the appellant] to the other members of the board and I would be available to assist when necessary.’
      • ‘No subtitles are present to assist, although they would be welcome when the Australian accents are prevalent.’
      • ‘For large groups we ask for some notice so that enough staff members are available to assist.’
      • ‘She also very graciously assisted in the awards presentation that was done around the pool on the Saturday evening.’
      • ‘Guidelines are presented to assist in the evaluation of allegations based on historical events.’
      • ‘From earliest times Government services have therefore been made available to assist independently warring industrial parties.’


North American
  • 1An act of giving help, typically by providing money:

    ‘the budget must have an assist from tax policies’
    • ‘Without the motorized assist, it took 45 minutes to triangulate into my first wave.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the counselors reacted quickly and performed a reach assist while the camper was still under water.’
    • ‘And with an assist from the police, they were able to provide it.’
    • ‘With an assist from his brother who ‘got my resume to Bremer,’ he landed interviews that led to his appointment.’
    • ‘Even the politicians gave the media an assist by recruiting a famous speech from more than a century ago in an effort to capture the moment.’
    • ‘And they certainly appreciate the ongoing assists from news media.’
    • ‘So the affable coach donned an apron and joined the kitchen staff in a playful assist.’
    1. 1.1 (in sport) an act of touching the ball in a play in which a teammate scores or an opposing batter is put out:
      ‘Elliot had 10 points and five assists’
      • ‘He led the American League in batting once, home runs once, assists three times and fielding twice, but never gained a stolen base title.’
      • ‘His scoring, rebounding, assists, free-throw shooting, and minutes all set career highs.’
      • ‘He finished with three assists as his teammates failed to finish a few opportunities he created.’
      • ‘A great assist is as much fun as scoring in basketball.’
      • ‘It's no exaggeration to state that a great assist is the sign of intelligent, team-first basketball, the type of hoops everyone wants to see.’
      • ‘You don't have to rely on teammates for an assist, there's no variance in the shot's distance, and there is no defender.’
      • ‘Even though she's the state's fifth all-time leading scorer, she'd rather just as soon pass the ball, get a great assist or bring the ball up the court under pressure.’
      • ‘Ironically, his largest splash was made with his arm, as he had two outfield assists in just five games.’
      • ‘I was so happy to see him go to the NBA and lead the League in scoring and assists.’
      • ‘Eight seasons with more than 500 assists rounds out his major league defensive record.’
      • ‘I've probably been the only guy to lead his team in scoring and assists for two years and not get an all-star berth, but that's the way things happen.’
      • ‘Credit the batter with a double, an assist to the right fielder and a putout to the shortstop.’
      • ‘He finished the season fourth in the American League in both assists and double plays.’
      • ‘For the week, he was 6th in scoring, 4th in assists, 5th in rebounding, and 3rd in steals.’
      • ‘He scored 25 points and had nine rebounds and four assists in the title game.’
      • ‘During the first couple decades of the 20th century, box scores listed individual assists and putouts but not RBI.’
      • ‘A basketball player who averages both 10 rebounds and 10 assists per game is like a baseball player who leads the league in both home runs and saves.’
      • ‘He also had five rebounds, four assists, and forced two jump balls with aggressive defense.’
      • ‘His stat line that day included five rebounds, four assists, and three steals against the best team in the world.’
      • ‘Writers no longer take note of the assists credited to a shortstop or second baseman.’


Late Middle English: from Old French assister, from Latin assistere take one's stand by, from ad- to, at + sistere take one's stand.