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aid

aid

 
 
pronunciation:
eId
parts of speech:
verb, noun
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: verb
inflections: aided, aiding, aids
definition: to give help to someone.
The doctors aided the sick people.
synonyms:
assist, help
antonyms:
injure
similar words:
accommodate, benefit, hand, support
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: help that is given to someone in need.
After her operation, she was glad to have the aid of her neighbors.
synonyms:
help
similar words:
subsidy, support
definition 2: a person or thing that helps.
He needs a hearing aid.
synonyms:
aide
Homophone Note
The words aid and aide sound alike but have slightly different meanings. A person who helps is called an "aide," not an "aid."