Hypertext Webster Gateway: "aid"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Aid \Aid\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Aided}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Aiding}.] [F. aider, OF. aidier, fr. L. adjutare to help,
freq. of adjuvare to help; ad + juvare to help. Cf.
To support, either by furnishing strength or means in
co["o]peration to effect a purpose, or to prevent or to
remove evil; to help; to assist.

You speedy helpers . . . Appear and aid me in this
enterprise. --Shak.

Syn: To help; assist; support; sustain; succor; relieve;
befriend; co["o]perate; promote. See {Help}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Aid \Aid\, n. [F. aide, OF. a["i]de, a["i]e, fr. the verb. See
{Aid}, v. t.]
1. Help; succor; assistance; relief.

An unconstitutional mode of obtaining aid. --Hallam.

2. The person or thing that promotes or helps in something
done; a helper; an assistant.

It is not good that man should be alone; let us make
unto him an aid like unto himself. --Tobit viii.

3. (Eng. Hist.) A subsidy granted to the king by Parliament;
also, an exchequer loan.

4. (Feudal Law) A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his
lord on special occasions. --Blackstone.

5. An aid-de-camp, so called by abbreviation; as, a general's

{Aid prayer} (Law), a proceeding by which a defendant
beseeches and claims assistance from some one who has a
further or more permanent interest in the matter in suit.

{To pray in aid}, to beseech and claim such assistance.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a resource: "visual aids in teaching"; "economic assistance
to depressed areas" [syn: {assistance}, {help}]
2: the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or
furtherance of an effort or purpose: "he gave me an assist
with the housework"; "could not walk without assistance";
"rescue party went to their aid"; "offered his help in
unloading" [syn: {assist}, {assistance}, {help}]
3: a gift of money to support a worthy person or cause [syn: {economic
4: the work of caring for or attending to someone or something;
"no medical care was required"; "the old car needed
constant attention" [syn: {care}, {attention}, {tending}]
v 1: give help or assistance; be of service; "Everyone helped
out during the earthquake"; "Can you help me carry this
table?" "She never helps around the house" [syn: {help},
2: improve the condition of; "These pills will help the
patient" [syn: {help}]

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