Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
    could not walk without assistance
    rescue party went to their aid
    offered his help in unloading
  2. (noun, attribute) a resource

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Synonyms of Assistance

aid, assist, help

Origin of the word Assistance

  1. late 14c., "act of helping or aiding," from O.Fr. assistance, from assister (see assist). more

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