Aid v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aided p. pr. & vb. n. Aiding.] To support, either by furnishing strength or means in coöperation to effect a purpose, or to prevent or to remove evil; to help; to assist.
You speedy helpers . . .
Appear and aid me in this enterprise. --Shak.
Syn: -- To help; assist; support; sustain; succor; relieve; befriend; coöperate; promote. See Help.
1. Help; succor; assistance; relief.
An unconstitutional mode of obtaining aid. --Hallam.
2. The person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; a helper; an assistant.
It is not good that man should be alone; let us make unto him an aid like unto himself. --Tobit viii. 6.
3. Eng. Hist. A subsidy granted to the king by Parliament; also, an exchequer loan.
4. Feudal Law A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his lord on special occasions.
5. An aid-de-camp, so called by abbreviation; as, a general's aid.
Aid prayer Law, a proceeding by which a defendant beseeches and claims assistance from some one who has a further or more permanent interest in the matter in suit.
To pray in aid, to beseech and claim such assistance.
n 1: a resource; "visual aids in teaching"; "economic assistance
to depressed areas" [syn: assistance, help]
2: 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"; "could not walk without assistance";
"rescue party went to their aid"; "offered his help in
unloading" [syn: assist, assistance, help]
3: a gift of money to support a worthy person or cause [syn: economic
4: the work of caring for or attending to someone or something;
"no medical care was required"; "the old car needed
constant attention" [syn: care, attention, tending]
v 1: give help or assistance; be of service; "Everyone helped out
during the earthquake"; "Can you help me carry this
table?"; "She never helps around the house" [syn: help,
2: improve the condition of; "These pills will help the
patient" [syn: help]