I. verb Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French assister to help, stand by, from Latin assistere, from ad- + sistere to cause to stand; akin to Latin stare to stand — more at stand Date: 15th century transitive verb to give usually supplementary support or aid to <
assisted the boy with his lessons
intransitive verb 1. to give support or aid <
assisted at the stove
another surgeon assisted on the operation
2. to be present as a spectator <
the ideal figures assisting at Italian holy scenes — Mary McCarthy
II. noun Date: 1597 1. an act of assistance ; aid 2. the action (as a throw or pass) of a player who enables a teammate to make a putout or score a goal; also official credit given for such an action 3. a mechanical or electromechanical device that provides assistance

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  • Assist — As*sist , v. i. 1. To lend aid; to help. [1913 Webster] With God not parted from him, as was feared, But favoring and assisting to the end. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To be present as a spectator; as, to assist at a public meeting. [A Gallicism]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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