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aid (n.)

early 15c., "war-time tax," also "help, support, assistance," from Old French aide, earlier aiudha "aid, help, assistance" (9c.), from Late Latin adiuta, noun use of fem. of adiutus, past participle of Latin adiuvare "to give help to," from ad "to" (see ad-) + iuvare "to help, give strength, support, sustain," which is from a PIE source perhaps related to the root of iuvenis "young person" (see young (adj.)). Meaning "thing by which assistance is given" is recorded from 1590s; meaning "person who assists, helper" is from 1560s. Meaning "material help given by one country to another" is from 1940.

aid (v.)

"to assist, help," c. 1400, from Old French aidier "help, assist" (Modern French aider), from Latin adiutare, frequentative of adiuvare (past participle adiutus) "to give help to," from ad "to" (see ad-) + iuvare "to help, assist, give strength, support, sustain," which is from a PIE source perhaps related to the root of iuvenis "young person" (see young (adj.)). Related: Aided; aiding.

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Definitions of aid from WordNet
1
aid (n.)
a person or thing that is a resource that helps make something easier or possible to do;
visual aids in teaching
Synonyms: assistance / help
aid (n.)
the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose;
rescue party went to their aid
Synonyms: assist / assistance / help
aid (n.)
gift of money or other material help to support a person or cause;
Synonyms: economic aid / financial aid / assistance / financial assistance / economic assistance
aid (n.)
the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something;
Synonyms: care / attention / tending
2
aid (v.)
give help or assistance; be of service;
Synonyms: help / assist
aid (v.)
improve the condition of;
Synonyms: help
From wordnet.princeton.edu