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Webster 1913 Edition


Aid

Aid

,
Verb.
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 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.
Shakespeare
Syn. – To help; assist; support; sustain; succor; relieve; befriend; coöperate; promote. See
Help
.

Aid

,
Noun.
[F.
aide
, OF.
aïde
,
aïe
, fr. the verb. See
Aid
,
Verb.
T.
]
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.
Blackstone.
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Aid

AID

,
Verb.
T.
[L. adjuto.
To help; to assist; to support, either by furnishing strength or means to effect a purpose, or to prevent or remove evil.

AID

,
Noun.
1.
Help; succor; support; assistance.
2.
The person who aids or yields support; a helper; an auxiliary; also the thing that aids or yields succor.
3.
In English law, a subsidy or tax granted by parliament, and making a part of the king's revenue.
In France, aids are equivalent to customs, or duties on imports and exports.
4.
In England, a tax paid by a tenant to his lord; originally a mere gift, which afterwards became a right demandable by the lord. the aids of this king were chiefly three.
1.
To ransom the lord when a prisoner.
2.
To make the lord's eldest son a knight.
3.
To marry the lord's eldest daughter.
5.
An aiddecamp, so called by abbreviation.
6.
To pray in aid, in law, is to call in a person interested in a title, to assist in defending it. Thus a tenant for life may pray in the aid of him in remainder or reversion; that is, he may pray or petition that he may be joined in the suit to aid or help maintain the title. This act or petition is called aid-prayer.
Court of aids, in France, is a court which has cognizance of causes respecting duties or customs.

Definition 2022


aid

aid

See also: AID, aïd, Aïd, Äid, and -aid

English

Noun

aid (countable and uncountable, plural aids)

  1. (uncountable) Help; assistance; succor, relief.
    He came to my aid when I was foundering.
    • Henry Hallam (1777-1859)
      An unconstitutional mode of obtaining aid.
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterI:
      “[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
  2. (countable) A helper; an assistant.
    • Tobit viii. 6
      It is not good that man should be alone; let us make unto him an aid like unto himself.
  3. (countable) Something which helps; a material source of help.
    Slimming aids include dietary supplements and appetite suppressants.
    • 2013 September-October, Henry Petroski, The Evolution of Eyeglasses”, in American Scientist:
      The ability of a segment of a glass sphere to magnify whatever is placed before it was known around the year 1000, when the spherical segment was called a reading stone []. Scribes, illuminators, and scholars held such stones directly over manuscript pages as an aid in seeing what was being written, drawn, or read.
  4. (countable, Britain) An historical subsidy granted to the crown by Parliament for an extraordinary purpose, such as a war effort.
  5. (countable, Britain) An exchequer loan.
  6. (countable, law) A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his feudal lord on special occasions.
  7. (countable) An aide-de-camp, so called by abbreviation.
    The incompetent general's brilliant aid often made priceless suggestions.
Derived terms
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Etymology 2

From Middle English aiden, from Old French eider, aider, aidier, from Latin adiuto, frequentative of adiuvō ("assist", verb).

Verb

aid (third-person singular simple present aids, present participle aiding, simple past and past participle aided)

  1. (transitive) To (give) support (to); to further the progress of; to help; to assist.
    • Shakespeare
      You speedy helpers [] Appear and aid me in this enterprise.
    • 2012 May 24, Nathan Rabin, “Film: Reviews: Men In Black 3”, in The Onion AV Club:
      Smith is aided in his quest by an elfin, time-jumping alien with psychic powers played by another Coen brothers veteran, A Serious Man star Michael Stuhlbarg.
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Veps

Etymology

From Proto-Finnic *aita.

Noun

aid

  1. fence

Inflection

Inflection of aid
nominative sing. aid
genitive sing. aidan
partitive sing. aidad
partitive plur. aidoid
singular plural
nominative aid aidad
accusative aidan aidad
genitive aidan aidoiden
partitive aidad aidoid
essive-instructive aidan aidoin
translative aidaks aidoikš
inessive aidas aidoiš
elative aidaspäi aidoišpäi
illative ? aidoihe
adessive aidal aidoil
ablative aidalpäi aidoilpäi
allative aidale aidoile
abessive aidata aidoita
comitative aidanke aidoidenke
prolative aidadme aidoidme
approximative I aidanno aidoidenno
approximative II aidannoks aidoidennoks
egressive aidannopäi aidoidennopäi
terminative I ? aidoihesai
terminative II aidalesai aidoilesai
terminative III aidassai
additive I ? aidoihepäi
additive II aidalepäi aidoilepäi

Derived terms

  • aidverai

References

  • Zajceva, N. G.; Mullonen, M. I. (2007), забор, изгородь, ограда”, in Uz’ venä-vepsläine vajehnik / Novyj russko-vepsskij slovarʹ [New Russian–Veps Dictionary], Petrozavodsk: Periodika

Võro

Etymology

From Proto-Finnic *aita.

Noun

aid (genitive aia, partitive aida)

  1. garden

Inflection