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aid

[eyd] /eɪd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to provide support for or relief to; help:
to aid the homeless victims of the fire.
2.
to promote the progress or accomplishment of; facilitate.
verb (used without object)
3.
to give help or assistance.
noun
4.
help or support; assistance.
5.
a person or thing that aids or furnishes assistance; helper; auxiliary.
6.
aids, Manège.
  1. Also called natural aids. the means by which a rider communicates with and controls a horse, as the hands, legs, voice, and shifts in weight.
  2. Also called artificial aids. the devices by means of which a rider increases control of a horse, as spurs, whip, and martingale.
9.
a payment made by feudal vassals to their lord on special occasions.
10.
English History. (after 1066) any of several revenues received by a king in the Middle Ages from his vassals and other subjects, limited by the Magna Charta to specified occasions.
Origin of aid
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; (noun) late Middle English ayde < Anglo-French, Old French aide, noun derivative of aid(i)er < Latin adjūtāre to help (frequentative of adjuvāre), equivalent to ad- ad- + -jū- help + -t- frequentative suffix + -āre infinitive suffix; (v.) < Anglo-French, Old French aid(i)er < Latin, as above
Related forms
aider, noun
aidful, adjective
aidless, adjective
unaided, adjective
unaidedly, adverb
unaiding, adjective
Can be confused
aid, aide (see usage note at the current entry)
aides, aids, AIDS.
Synonyms
1. See help. 2. abet, back, foster, advance. 4. succor; relief; subsidy, grant.
Antonyms
2. hinder, frustrate.
Usage note
Although the nouns aid and aide both have among their meanings “an assisting person,” the spelling aide is increasingly used for the sense “helper, assistant”: One of the senator's aides is calling. Aide in military use is short for aide-de-camp. It is also the spelling in nurse's aide.
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  • Linseed tea in its purest form is an excellent accessory in aiding to relieve such as are afflicted with gout, gravel, etc.

  • What will your father say if he finds me aiding and abetting?

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • All this was aiding Johnny, though it is to be doubted whether the otters knew the value of their antics.

    The Shadow Passes Roy J. Snell
  • When he gave, he gave all that he had; he had no notion of aiding or assisting.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II. Charles James Lever
  • Was she still in prison, and if so, what would be her punishment for aiding him to escape from prison?

    Clotelle William Wells Brown
British Dictionary definitions for aiding

aid

/eɪd/
verb
1.
to give support to (someone to do something); help or assist
2.
(transitive) to assist financially
noun
3.
assistance; help; support
4.
a person, device, etc, that helps or assists: a teaching aid
5.
(mountaineering) Also artificial aid. any of various devices such as piton or nut when used as a direct help in the ascent
6.
(in medieval Europe; in England after 1066) a feudal payment made to the king or any lord by his vassals, usually on certain occasions such as the marriage of a daughter or the knighting of an eldest son
7.
(Brit, informal) in aid of, in support of; for the purpose of
Derived Forms
aider, noun
Word Origin
C15: via Old French aidier from Latin adjūtāre to help, from juvāre to help

Aid

combining form
1.
denoting a charitable organization or function that raises money for a cause: Band Aid, Ferryaid

AID

abbreviation
1.
acute infectious disease
2.
artificial insemination (by) donor: former name for Donor Insemination (DI)
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Word Origin and History for aiding

aid

n.

early 15c., "wartime tax," also "help, support, assistance," from Old French aide, earlier aiudha "aid, help, assistance" (9c.), from Late Latin adjuta, from fem. past participle of Latin adiuvare (past participle adiutus) "to give help to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + iuvare "to help" (see adjutant). Meaning "thing by which assistance is given" is recorded from c.1600. Meaning "material help given by one country to another" is from 1940.

v.

c.1400, "to assist, help," from Old French aidier "help, assistance," from Latin adiutare, frequentative of adiuvare (past participle adiutus) "give help to" (see adjutant). Related: Aided; aiding.

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aiding in Medicine

AID abbr.
artificial insemination donor

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Related Abbreviations for aiding

AID

Agency for International Development
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