Definition of assistance in English:

assistance

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The action of helping someone by sharing work:

    ‘the work was completed with the assistance of carpenters’
    • ‘I decided that actually this was one situation where it might be OK to offer assistance.’
    • ‘Most of them need assistance in activities such as taking a shower or tying a shoelace.’
    • ‘A mobile phone was used to summon up assistance, and the next-door keeper turned out to help.’
    • ‘I owe many people my thanks for their support and assistance during the preparation of this book.’
    • ‘Pen nodded and with the assistance of the nurse she was able to get out of the bed and into the wheel chair.’
    • ‘The club would appreciate any assistance both on and off the field from the members.’
    • ‘Offer him your assistance and give it freely; it's the best investment you can make.’
    • ‘Additional assistance may also be considered for the most vulnerable patients.’
    • ‘May I, through your columns, thank this young farmer for the help and assistance he gave me.’
    • ‘If you have three hours a week to help then your assistance would be greatly appreciated.’
    • ‘They tried to resuscitate him and continued to give assistance after paramedics arrived.’
    • ‘At higher speed, on the open road, the steering receives less power assistance.’
    • ‘A man in a boat tries to rescue him, but he declines assistance; God will save him.’
    • ‘They are ready to provide immediate assistance from their warehouse in Dubai.’
    • ‘As the people in the area learn of their plight, they offer assistance in various ways.’
    • ‘Careful regulation of use of this route continues with the full backing and assistance of user groups.’
    • ‘In an attempt to remain neighbourly I inquired as to her need for assistance.’
    • ‘Donors give to the food bank because they want to help people who need assistance.’
    • ‘I wish to publicly record my gratitude to those whose support and assistance made this possible.’
    • ‘We need their assistance in our work in Parliament and in local government.’
    1. 1.1 The provision of money, resources, or information to help someone:
      ‘schemes offering financial assistance to employers’
      ‘she will be glad to give advice and assistance’
      • ‘Consumers have had difficulties for years in finding easy access to assistance and advice.’
      • ‘Adequate assistance to bring them up to scratch would be a better solution.’
      • ‘They want some practical assistance to enable them to move off a benefit and into a job.’
      • ‘She has 14 dogs to look after, although she now receives some home assistance to help her out.’
      • ‘There is however one other potential source of assistance available to the officers.’
      • ‘All we have done is to ask for assistance to help us cover costs like hiring a band and a public address system.’
      • ‘As a party we are here to serve people, to give advice and assistance and to take advice as well.’
      • ‘This treaty gave China money and technical assistance to modernise her industry.’
      • ‘At around the same time the firm did give financial assistance to other trainees.’
      • ‘Would you please be able to offer some assistance in guiding me through this process?’
      • ‘He goes out of his way to be as helpful as possible to anyone who seeks his advice or assistance.’
      • ‘The Foreign Office said they were offering full assistance to the man and his employers.’
      • ‘We had hoped the health board would have offered all other assistance to the young girl.’
      • ‘Pay is so low for many workers that some rely on state assistance to take care of their families.’
      • ‘The first priority is to offer every assistance to those thrown out of work.’
      • ‘The strategic plan was to hold these positions long enough for outside assistance to arrive.’
      • ‘One woman needed assistance to set up a workshop: he ordered her to be given some money.’
      • ‘I was seeing people every day who came to me looking for assistance and information.’
      • ‘You are welcome to contact us at anytime when you need more information and assistance from us.’
      • ‘The firm offers such basic help as assistance with buying a suit and advice on how to visit the dentist.’
      help, aid, abettance, support, backing, succour, encouragement, reinforcement, relief, intervention, cooperation, collaboration
      a helping hand, a hand, a good turn, a favour, a kindness
      ministrations, offices, services
      a break, a leg up
      easement
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, or from medieval Latin assistentia, from Latin assistere (see assist).

Pronunciation:

assistance

/əˈsɪst(ə)ns/