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assistant

[uh-sis-tuh nt] /əˈsɪs tənt/
noun
1.
a person who assists or gives aid and support; helper.
2.
a person who is subordinate to another in rank, function, etc.; one holding a secondary rank in an office or post:
He was assistant to the office manager.
3.
something that aids and supplements another.
4.
a faculty member of a college or university who ranks below an instructor and whose responsibilities usually include grading papers, supervising laboratories, and assisting in teaching.
adjective
5.
assisting; helpful.
6.
serving in an immediately subordinate position; of secondary rank:
an assistant coach.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English assistent < Latin assistent- (stem of assistēns, present participle of assistere to assist); see -ent, -ant
Related forms
nonassistant, noun
unassistant, adjective
Can be confused
assistance, assistants.
Synonyms
2. aide, adjutant.
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British Dictionary definitions for assistant

assistant

/əˈsɪstənt/
noun
1.
  1. a person who assists, esp in a subordinate position
  2. (as modifier) assistant manager
adjective
3.
(archaic) helpful or useful as an aid
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Word Origin and History for assistant
assistant
1540s, "one who helps another," from pp. adj. (c.1400), from O.Fr. assistant (adj. and n.), lit. prp. of assister, from L. assistantem, prp. of assistare (see assist).
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