aid


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Aid \Aid\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aided; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Aiding.] [F. aider, OF. aidier, fr. L. adjutare to help,
   freq. of adjuvare to help; ad + juvare to help. Cf.
   Adjutant.]
   To support, either by furnishing strength or means in
   co["o]peration to effect a purpose, or to prevent or to
   remove evil; to help; to assist.
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         You speedy helpers . . .
         Appear and aid me in this enterprise.    --Shak.
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   Syn: To help; assist; support; sustain; succor; relieve;
        befriend; co["o]perate; promote. See Help.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Aid \Aid\, n. [F. aide, OF. a["i]de, a["i]e, fr. the verb. See
   Aid, v. t.]
   1. Help; succor; assistance; relief.
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            An unconstitutional mode of obtaining aid. --Hallam.
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   2. The person or thing that promotes or helps in something
      done; a helper; an assistant.
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            It is not good that man should be alone; let us make
            unto him an aid like unto himself.    --Tobit viii.
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   3. (Eng. Hist.) A subsidy granted to the king by Parliament;
      also, an exchequer loan.
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   4. (Feudal Law) A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his
      lord on special occasions. --Blackstone.
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   5. An aid-de-camp, so called by abbreviation; as, a general's
      aid.
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   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.
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