assistor

assist

[uh-sist]
verb (used with object)
1.
to give support or aid to; help: Please assist him in moving the furniture.
2.
to be associated with as an assistant or helper.
verb (used without object)
3.
to give aid or help.
4.
to be present, as at a meeting or ceremony.
noun
5.
Sports.
a.
Baseball. a play that helps to put out a batter or base runner.
b.
Basketball, Ice Hockey. a play that helps a teammate in gaining a goal.
c.
the official credit scored for such plays.
6.
a helpful act: She finished her homework without an assist from her father.
7.
Machinery. an electrical, hydraulic, or mechanical means of increasing power, efficiency, or ease of use: a luxury automobile equipped with assists for brakes, steering, windows, and seat adjustment.

Origin:
1505–15; < Latin assistere to stand by, help, equivalent to as- as- + sistere to (cause to) stand (si- reduplicative prefix + -ste- (variant of sta- stand) + -re infinitive suffix)

assister; Chiefly Law, assistor, noun
assistive, adjective
nonassister, noun
overassist, verb
reassist, verb (used with object)
unassisted, adjective
unassisting, adjective
well-assisted, adjective


1. sustain, abet, befriend; back, promote. See help.


1. hinder, frustrate.
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assist (əˈsɪst)
 
vb (foll by at)
1.  to give help or support to (a person, cause, etc); aid
2.  to work or act as an assistant or subordinate to (another)
3.  ice hockey to help (a team-mate) to score, as by passing the puck
4.  archaic to be present; attend
 
n
5.  (US), (Canadian) the act of helping; aid; assistance
6.  baseball the act of a player who throws or deflects a batted ball in such a way that a team is enabled to put out an opponent
7.  sport
 a.  a pass or other action by a player which enables another player to score a goal
 b.  a credit given for such an action
 
[C15: from French assister to be present, from Latin assistere to stand by, from sistere to cause to stand, from stāre to stand]
 
as'sister
 
n

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assist
early 15c., from M.Fr. assister "to stand by, help, put, place, assist" (14c.), from L. assistere "assist, stand by," from ad- "to" + sistere "take a stand, cause to stand," from PIE *siste-, reduplicated form of base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sporting sense (n.) is attested
1877 in baseball, 1925 in ice hockey.
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