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English noun: assist

1. assist (act) the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose


SamplesHe gave me an assist with the housework.
Could not walk without assistance.
Rescue party went to their aid.
Offered his help in unloading.


Synonymsaid, assistance, help


Broader (hypernym)activity


Narrower (hyponym)accommodation, boost, comfort, encouragement, facilitation, hand, helping hand, lift, ministration, recourse, refuge, relief, resort, self-help, service, succor, succour, support, thanks

2. assist (act) (sports) the act of enabling another player to make a good play


Broader (hypernym)maneuver, manoeuvre, play


Domain categorybaseball, baseball game, basketball, basketball game, hockey, hockey game, hoops, ice hockey


English verb: assist

1. assist (social) give help or assistance; be of service


SamplesEveryone helped out during the earthquake.
Can you help me carry this table?.
She never helps around the house.


ExamplesSam cannot assist Sue


Synonymsaid, help


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)back up, support


Narrower (hyponym)alleviate, assist, attend, attend to, avail, benefact, bootstrap, care, ease, expedite, facilitate, give care, hasten, help out, serve, subserve, succor, succour, wait on

2. assist (social) act as an assistant in a subordinate or supportive function


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)work


Narrower (hyponym)abet, protect

3. assist (social) work for or be a servant to


SamplesMay I serve you?.
She attends the old lady in the wheelchair.
Can you wait on our table, please?.
Is a salesperson assisting you?.
The minister served the King for many years.


ExamplesSam cannot assist Sue


Synonymsattend, attend to, serve, wait on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody with something


Broader (hypernym)aid, assist, help


Narrower (hyponym)fag, valet


Verb groupserve









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