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assist (v.)

early 15c., assisten, "to help, aid, give assistance or support to in some undertaking or effort," from Old French assister "to stand by, help, put, place, assist" (14c.), from Latin assistere "stand by, take a stand near, attend," from assimilated form of ad "to" (see ad-) + sistere "stand still, take a stand; to set, place, cause to stand," from PIE *si-st-, reduplicated form of root *sta- "to stand, make or be firm." Related: Assisted; assisting. Medical assisted suicide attested from 1884.

assist (n.)

1570s, "an act of assistance," from assist (v.). In the sporting sense attested 1877 in baseball, 1925 in ice hockey.

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Definitions of assist
1
assist (v.)
give help or assistance; be of service;
Synonyms: help / aid
assist (v.)
act as an assistant in a subordinate or supportive function;
assist (v.)
work for or be a servant to;
Is a salesperson assisting you?
Synonyms: serve / attend to / wait on / attend
2
assist (n.)
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
Synonyms: aid / assistance / help
assist (n.)
(sports) the act of enabling another player to make a good play;
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