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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 un 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 un assistant

assistant

n.

mid-15c., assistent "one who helps or aids another," from Middle French assistent, adjective and noun, properly present participle of assister (see assist (v.)).

adj.

mid-15c., "helpful, of assistance," from Middle French assistent (see assistant (n.)).

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