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aid

aid

 
 
pronunciation:
eId
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
features:
Word Combinations (verb, noun), Homophone Note
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: aided, aiding, aids
definition: to provide assistance, help, or relief to.
The volunteers aided the earthquake victims as well as they could.A young man aided us in finding the hotel.
synonyms:
assist, help
antonyms:
hamper, hinder, impede, injure
similar words:
abet, accommodate, benefit, bolster, foster, further, hand, serve, succor, support, uphold
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to give support, help, or assistance.
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synonyms:
assist, chip in, help, pitch in, serve
antonyms:
hinder
similar words:
ameliorate, ease, minister
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: help, assistance, or relief.
Many agencies provided aid to the disaster victims.With the aid of her friends, she was able to manage pretty well.He can walk with the aid of a cane.
synonyms:
assistance, backing, hand, help, relief
antonyms:
bar, hindrance, impediment
similar words:
assist, patronage, service, subsidy, succor, support
definition 2: a person or thing that helps or assists.
He needs a hearing aid.His daughter was a wonderful aid to him when he was sick.
synonyms:
aide, assistant, help, helper, succor
antonyms:
hindrance, impediment, obstacle
similar words:
adjunct, adjutant, attendant, girl Friday, man Friday
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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."