verb (used with object)
to give support or aid to; help: Please assist him in moving the furniture.
to be associated with as an assistant or helper.
verb (used without object)
to give aid or help.
to be present, as at a meeting or ceremony.
Baseball. a play that helps to put out a batter or base runner.
Basketball, Ice Hockey. a play that helps a teammate in gaining a goal.
the official credit scored for such plays.
a helpful act: She finished her homework without an assist from her father.
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.

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. Unabridged
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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
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]

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Word Origin & History

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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