Definition of assistance in English:



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

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