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aid

I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a teaching aid (=a piece of equipment that a teacher uses in the classroom)
▪ The school is equipped with modern teaching aids, including interactive whiteboards.
accept aid
▪ Egypt gratefully accepted American economic aid.
administer first aid
▪ This unit teaches students how to administer first aid.
aid sb’s recovery (=help someone to recover)
▪ Although it is not a cure, the drug can aid recovery.
aid worker
▪ UN aid workers
aid/financial/benefits etc package
▪ Many banks are offering financial packages for students.
an aid/relief/humanitarian convoy (=taking food, clothes, medicine etc to people in disaster areas)
▪ The United Nations aid convoy finally reached the border.
development aid (=money given to help development in poor areas)
▪ Education made up 22.5 percent of development aid last year.
emergency aid/relief/help (=things such as food and medicine that are given to people when they are in a very dangerous situation)
▪ The charity made a television appeal for emergency aid to the region.
financial aid
first aid kit
first aid
▪ Being given first aid at the scene of the accident probably saved his life.
given first aid
▪ Being given first aid at the scene of the accident probably saved his life.
hearing aid
humanitarian aid/assistance/relief
▪ Humanitarian aid is being sent to the refugees.
legal aid
▪ They have been granted legal aid and now intend to take their case to court.
relief supplies/aid
▪ US troops had helped distribute relief supplies to Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq.
spring to sb’s aid/assistance (=move quickly to help someone)
▪ One of the young policemen sprang to her assistance.
visual aid
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
economic
▪ We have provided valuable economic and humanitarian aid to ease the transition to a market economy.
▪ He warned that no economic aid could be forthcoming until a long-term constitutional solution had been found.
▪ Buchanan has said he would gradually eliminate all foreign economic aid and give only limited assistance in instances of humanitarian disasters.
▪ International support is urgently needed, both in terms of economic aid and political support.
federal
▪ In accordance with the form in Emergency Plan White, a presidential proclamation extending federal aid was drafted.
▪ It operates under exemptions that allow it to receive federal aid without meeting the same requirements as other states' programs.
▪ Another source of increasing tension in the federal aid system concerned citizen participation in decisionmaking.
▪ Administrative organization is another factor that impeded attempts to acquire federal aid.
▪ To the states' taxpayers who will have to take up the slack as federal aid recedes?
▪ It was an effort to roll back federal aid to the poor across a much broader front.
▪ The fiscal problems of the city, since 1979, have not been attributable to decreases in federal aid.
▪ Counties are also bracing for the brunt of federal welfare reform, expected to mark a significant loss of federal aid dollars.
financial
▪ The company chose Wrexham partly because of the generous financial aid available.
▪ Fifty students received financial aid ranging from $ 3, 000 to $ 12, 000.
▪ The Guild receives financial aid from the Council, and relies heavily on the enthusiasm and dedication of its members.
▪ Students must contact the community college's financial aid office for an application.
▪ New legislation, the Local Government and Planning Act 1980, changed the basis of financial aid to local government.
▪ Their aim was to see what incentive effects financial aid to poor families would produce.
foreign
▪ And despite lobbying of government and foreign aid agencies in Ouagadougou, there is still nothing but the foundations in place.
▪ Major budget cuts, including foreign aid by 76 percent, defence by 10 percent.
▪ To unblock the well or drill a new one would require a new allocation of foreign aid.
▪ They said their town had been overlooked by foreign aid agencies.
▪ Rich countries increasingly use foreign aid as a lever to promote political pluralism and individual freedoms.
humanitarian
▪ The resolution refers specifically to detention centres and humanitarian aid.
▪ Baker was reported to have spoken with Bufi about human and political rights and to have promised US$6,000,000 in immediate humanitarian aid.
▪ If the hon. Gentleman is going to talk about humanitarian aid, I hope that he will get his facts right.
▪ Major, for his part, praised Clinton's initiative to airlift humanitarian aid to Bosnia.
▪ We need increased levels of humanitarian and development aid across the region, and the promotion of grassroots peace efforts.
▪ They had refused to pay the toll as they were delivering humanitarian aid.
international
▪ While the locals are reassured by international aid and the presence of specialists, they also look to other sources of succour.
▪ Even more worrying, perhaps, is the possibility that international aid may be fuelling the conflict.
▪ This sparked an unprecedented international aid effort.
▪ These have frequently been made in response to pressure from major international aid donors.
legal
▪ The Government announced on 19 February that it was abandoning its plan to abolish legal aid in asylum cases.
▪ Lord Mackay appeared to rule out an extension of legal aid to cover defamation cases.
▪ The self-certification procedure may also be used to seek legal aid for related proceedings which do not qualify for free legal aid.
▪ No order for costs. Legal aid taxation.
▪ The equation is simple: no contribution, no legal aid; no legal aid, no court case.
▪ Who benefits? Legal aid will be available after this first hearing if warranted and if a not guilty plea is indicated.
▪ He has already done so in respect of civil non-matrimonial legal aid and is considering the responses to that.
medical
▪ Judge Nina Barkova rejected Pope's request during the trial for international medical aid.
▪ There was no-one in the town whom the lepers could turn to for medical aid.
▪ The initiative is part of Durham's appeal for food and medical aid for the county's twin town of Kostroma.
▪ There is often no teacher, and the nearest medical aid is in the town.
▪ Aid officials and provisional government spokespersons appealed for urgent medical and food aid.
▪ She responded to this outrage with her customary fortitude, refusing medical aid.
military
▪ The United States suspended military and economic aid, but such support had been worth only US$16,400,000 in 1990.
▪ Truman did not actually sign the military aid legislation until July 26, 1950.
▪ Eighty-four per cent of the funding will take the form of military aid.
▪ It needed no bayonets to protect it, and required no military aid to execute its judgments.
mutual
▪ Yet on the other hand an agreement had been reached for mutual military aid as early as 1609.
▪ Though such competition frustrated him, Allen poured energies into welfare work, mutual aid, and preaching.
▪ The principles of mutual aid are that members should be involved in a reciprocal supportive role.
▪ First of all, we called it a mutual aid society.
▪ The Co-operative movement was a form of mutual aid with a wider working-class appeal although it also largely excluded the poorest.
▪ They join a rural community life and a society based on mutual aid.
▪ It is a close drawing together of two worlds and is there for mutual aid.
▪ They depend heavily on local mutual aid and are staffed largely by volunteers.
overseas
▪ The quality of Britain's overseas aid programme is second to none.
▪ This was after all, Gerald explained to his wife, how most overseas aid was distributed.
▪ It has to come from the overseas aid budgets of governments.
▪ Preston should ask where the overseas aid will go.
▪ Less than 2 percent of all overseas aid is going to improve communications.
▪ We will close the Defence Export Services Organisation and ensure that overseas aid is not linked in any way to arms purchases.
▪ Homelessness, overseas aid, prison overcrowding, electoral reform and the maintenance of peace are all on the agenda.
▪ A list of thirty measures ranging from recycling resources to doubling overseas aid were proposed.
soviet
▪ Officials take heart that the economy has not collapsed since the withdrawal of Soviet aid.
▪ For two years following October 1936, Soviet aid helped the Republic to fight on.
visual
▪ Full use should be made of visual aids and internal specialist advice should be taken.
▪ No scientific lecture is ever given without slides or other visual aids, especially if chemical structures are to be shown.
▪ Time-charts and time-lines should become important visual aids.
▪ Without benefit of notes, visual aids, gestures or humor she spoke for ninety oddly mesmerizing minutes.
▪ Any visual aid should be carefully selected and planned to add clarity to the presentation. 2.
▪ As a visual aid to anatomical familiarity, a reference book such as this has undoubted value.
▪ In general, all visual aids were used for a purpose.
▪ By making the most of new visual aid technology.
western
▪ Mr Gorbachev endorsed the letter, giving Mr Yavlinsky the authority to negotiate a new reform plan with western aid.
▪ He said he got a positive reaction from council members to his remarks about Western aid but declined to elaborate.
▪ Even though the authorities were unwilling to acknowledge the extent of the disaster, some Western aid was accepted.
▪ Too often the governments that are most genuinely concerned are the ones refused Western aid.
▪ Opposition groups dismissed the constitutional changes as a device to gain Western aid and approval at a time of economic crisis.
▪ With the exception of western humanitarian aid, none of their hopes of an rapid improvement in the economy was fulfilled.
▪ Is he also aware that there is apprehension about the possibility of strings being attached to western aid?
▪ Under what conditions is western aid being given to the former Soviet Union?
■ NOUN
agency
▪ And despite lobbying of government and foreign aid agencies in Ouagadougou, there is still nothing but the foundations in place.
▪ Increasingly, nongovernmental aid agencies large and small carefully assess security before committing themselves to a country.
▪ He accepts that aid agencies are grappling with highly complex issues.
▪ The aid agencies were starting to sound panicky, as well they might.
▪ Under those circumstances, foreign aid agencies saw a vacuum which they felt themselves able to fill.
▪ Christie was in a group of paedophiles who targeted charities and aid agencies to gain access to children.
▪ They said their town had been overlooked by foreign aid agencies.
budget
▪ The amount is the equivalent of trebling every wealthy country's aid budget to the third world.
▪ Mr. Townsend Will my right hon. Friend confirm that that excellent facility is not supported from the aid budget?
▪ It has to come from the overseas aid budgets of governments.
▪ The rest, the bilateral aid budget, is spent directly by governments in developing countries.
▪ If the Tories were elected Mr Streeter would double the amount of the bilateral aid budget that goes to the charities.
▪ The value of the investments and exports it backs far outstrips Britain's annual aid budget.
convoy
▪ The statement followed assurances from country's warring factions that they would no longer block aid convoys or distribution.
▪ Gen Morillon was also negotiating with local commanders yesterday to try to get aid convoys moving again in eastern Bosnia.
donor
▪ The attention of all the principal aid donors is concentrated there.
▪ These have frequently been made in response to pressure from major international aid donors.
emergency
▪ A new cellular phone has been introduced which directly links the car to emergency aid within seconds.
▪ On Monday Britain offered an additional $ 800,000 in emergency aid on top of the $ 2.7m it has already given.
▪ The mock load could be ammunition or supplies for ground troops ... or emergency aid for refugees.
food
▪ Will my right hon. Friend do what he can to ensure that they receive that food aid from the United Kingdom?
▪ Objective: Provision of food aid and emergency relief to developing countries.
▪ That means food aid, and it means more painful diplomacy in the search for peace.
▪ As a way of encouraging them to return, food aid to the refugee camps has been withheld since last summer.
▪ I note what the hon. Gentleman said about the siphoning off of food aid.
▪ Others are prioritising programmes such as food aid.
▪ Only 100,000 tonnes of an estimated 500,000 tonnes of food aid required throughout the country had been distributed by early July.
grant
▪ One student looking still had some time to go before his grant aid ended.
Grant aid: Two historic sites in Whitby are to get grant aid from Scarborough Council.
▪ Newcastle has seen a massive £1.4m in major project grant aid for the construction of a new North stand.
▪ However a letter giving the details of grant aid for 1988 was not available for us until Easter.
▪ Statutory agencies can encourage the establishment of local ethnically focused voluntary organizations by targeting specific grant aid.
▪ Three schemes next to and at Stockton Station will receive grant aid.
hearing
▪ Some venues have an induction loop fitted to assist hearing aid users.
▪ Headphones are not practicable for hearing aid wearers because the proximity of the headphone causes acoustic feedback in the aids.
▪ Similarly, the transistor took decades to become incorporated into commercial products such as hearing aids, navigational instruments and computers.
▪ This room was equipped with an induction loop to transmit sound to people with suitably receptive hearing aids.
▪ This saves explanations, searching for hearing aid and general inconvenience.
▪ The deaf are finding that their hearing aids are amplifying more than just the voices of their friends.
▪ I think he should get a hearing aid - it's easier than shouting all the time.
▪ One thing I had in common with Nigel was our National Health hearing aid.
package
▪ Their resettlement was to be assisted by a US$47,000,000 aid package approved by the United States Congress.
▪ But the aid package will not control drugs-because the policy fails to recognize the roots of the conflict.
▪ Yet the aid package passed in an instinctively isolationist Congress with only a modest handful of dissenters.
▪ Foreign relations On Sept. 16 the United Kingdom government announced an aid package to assist in the process of democratization.
programme
▪ The quality of Britain's overseas aid programme is second to none.
▪ A systematic aid programme might have averted the near-famine and encouraged the North to open faster.
▪ A shrewd aid programme does us a favour.
▪ In the light of that, will she review the aid programme?
▪ Tackling poverty will be the top priority of our aid programme.
▪ A substantial aid programme aimed at promoting sustainable economic and social progress and good government in developing countries will be maintained.
▪ The latter designated special weeks for the production or collection of goods to be contributed to the aid programme.
▪ For those who do say that, it does not reflect the underlying growth in the aid programme.
scheme
▪ Thus the legal aid scheme permits those eligible to take the risk of litigation at the possible expense of the Fund.
▪ Therefore, we consider first the operation of the legal aid scheme.
▪ For the areas of work traditionally offered by lawyers, the legal aid scheme provides very good coverage for the poor.
▪ Compounding the problem were proposals to remove asylum seekers right of access to a solicitor under the legal aid scheme.
▪ The Green Form scheme is the only relevant part of the legal aid scheme and will provide advice only.
▪ The obvious impact of these principles has been to graft the legal aid scheme on to the existing structure of private practice.
state
▪ In 1839 the government set up an inspectorate to further central supervision of the way the growing state aid was being spent.
▪ As a result, both candidates for governor are considering earmarking some state aid for salary increases.
▪ However, unlike Nissan, Toyota received no state aid towards its investment, as Derbyshire was not an eligible area.
▪ Lemon involved two appeals about the constitutionality of Pennsylvania and Rhode Island statutes providing state aid to church-related schools.
▪ We have no state aid and individuals such as yourself are the life blood of our conservation work.
▪ There will be no state aid for them.
▪ And Britain's state aid for industry generally falls far short of the sums seen in other countries.
▪ Labour will introduce state aid for political parties and pay salaries to local councillors.
worker
▪ Now aid workers are trying to ensure the children's own health and welfare.
▪ Diplomats and aid workers say they believe the rebels may take Kisangani within days.
▪ As a volunteer aid worker I was a failure.
▪ Five foreign aid workers were murdered and others came under fire.
▪ Few foreign aid workers have dared to venture into Helmund province.
▪ The United Nations said it was considering evacuating foreign aid workers.
▪ It has expelled aid workers who said more was needed.
■ VERB
administer
▪ Mike Chittenden staggered in flames into a neighbouring office, where terrified workers doused the flames and administered first aid.
▪ Rolly single-handedly attempted to apprehend the youths, put out the fire and administer first aid to barman Wheeler.
▪ Bandaging Having administered first aid immediately, the next priority is to minimise further damage.
come
▪ Her fertile and inventive imagination came to her aid.
▪ Jacinto, her boy friend and one of the soldiers, comes to her aid as she yells for help.
▪ She came to Gentle's aid as soon as he appeared, the exchange between them short and functional: was he badly hurt?
▪ If I was injured, he'd be the first to come to my aid.
▪ It is worth remembering that luck often comes to the aid of the experimenter.
▪ Many ships passed them before Pride of Burgundy, crossing from Calais to Dover, came to their aid.
▪ Again, hidden reserves came to his aid.
▪ It came to her aid, bringing her all the strength she needed.
cut
▪ The Lord Chancellor's proposals to cut eligibility for legal aid were put forward with no prior consultation.
give
▪ The poor are actually giving aid to the rich.
▪ And if one great power gave aid, the other would certainly have to match it.
▪ It also gives especial aid to poorer areas that lost a lot of income in the changeover.
▪ The most striking finding is that individuals which most frequently gave aid are those which most frequently receive it.
▪ Our resources are limited, but we try to give as much aid as possible tot he nascent profession in these countries.
▪ Farmers are also being given access to grant aid to help in setting up extra activities to supplement their farming income.
▪ It is always sensible to avoid contact with blood spillages as much as possible when giving first aid to anyone.
hear
▪ Their fishing poles are secured in holders on the sides of their wheelchairs, and their hearing aids are turned off.
▪ An old-fashioned kind of hearing aid was called an ear trumpet.
▪ If Lois had to shout in her conscientious efforts, Paul had turned out to be naturally brilliant around hearing aids.
▪ Glover hesitated and then refrained from adjusting his hearing aid.
▪ Too many people talked at once; his hearing aids popped like corn in a pan of oil.
▪ By the time she was 11, she was wearing hearing aids.
▪ They may simply need eyeglasses, hearing aids or even just breakfast.
▪ Margaret became one of the early users of a hearing aid.
increase
▪ President Clinton is asking Congress to increase federal aid to higher education by more than 50 percent by the year 2002.
▪ Chirac has repeatedly called on the United States to increase aid to developing nations.
▪ High-level ministers have talked openly about increasing aid to agriculture and shifting economic policy from one of stabilization to one of growth.
▪ Everything in the Kennedy record pointed to increased aid to Diem, and nearly everyone in the Kennedy administration supported the decision.
need
▪ But still they need the aid.
▪ But they needed other aids, for their teeth and nails could not readily dismember anything larger than a rabbit.
▪ These countries need aid and support to help sort out their main problems ie family planning, health, starvation etc.
▪ Educators also say the size of freshman classes makes it unlikely for professors to know which students most need the new aid.
▪ They may simply need eyeglasses, hearing aids or even just breakfast.
▪ The help of an occupational therapist may be needed to recommend aids and adaptations to help the older person.
▪ The situation is now so critical that the very structure that is needed to use the aid effectively has disintegrated.
provide
▪ But it provides a powerful aid to the understanding of some of the more baffling political manifestations of our time.
▪ Another part of the response was to provide economic and technical aid to threatened nations.
▪ Northern countries should provide aid to help Southern nations improve their food standards.
▪ Significantly, section five of the amendment allowed Congress to provide military aid, if necessary, to enforce its provisions.
▪ With this in mind a Grammar Development Environment is provided as an aid to the development of a natural language grammar.
▪ It is about how best to provide federal aid for school children, to which children and how much.
▪ Labour mobility programmes are in an important sense different for they provide aid to labour rather than to industry.
receive
▪ Will my right hon. Friend do what he can to ensure that they receive that food aid from the United Kingdom?
▪ His welfare plan would allow people to receive aid for a maximum of five years over a lifetime.
▪ However, unlike Nissan, Toyota received no state aid towards its investment, as Derbyshire was not an eligible area.
▪ It operates under exemptions that allow it to receive federal aid without meeting the same requirements as other states' programs.
▪ In many cases the acquitted defendant will have been receiving legal aid.
▪ Today the mean yearly income of families of students receiving financial aid, she believes, is approximately $ 36, 000.
▪ Simon receives a sports aid grant of £5,000 this year, which is taxed.
▪ Several states received waivers that tie aid to the recipients' behavior.
seek
▪ They were also the women who went more and more to seek the aid of psychiatrists and marriage counsellors.
▪ He broached the idea of seeking direct government aid to a neighbor.
▪ The self-certification procedure may also be used to seek legal aid for related proceedings which do not qualify for free legal aid.
▪ She then went to Cortona to seek the aid of the Franciscans, who thereafter became her spiritual fathers.
▪ At the same time, he was totally loyal to Franco and unlikely to seek Allied aid to bring back the monarchy.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Aid is not getting through to the refugees.
▪ An Italian aid worker was kidnapped by rebels last month, and still hasn't been released.
▪ Another harvest has failed, and international aid agencies warn of the threat of mass starvation.
▪ Each year, the U.S. sends more than $1.8 billion in aid to sub-Saharan Africa.
▪ The education programme is dependent on foreign aid, and the US Agency for International Development had been approached for funding.
▪ The Red Cross is delivering aid to the refugees.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ As a result, both candidates for governor are considering earmarking some state aid for salary increases.
▪ Gore even enlisted the aid of Newt Gingrich, the Speaker of the House.
▪ He was planning on enlisting the aid of the Association of Racing Commissioners to help get the law amended before next year.
▪ If you talk loudly, it can be very nasty on a hearing aid.
▪ It took three years of rehabilitation, but Meidl once again walked without the aid of crutches.
▪ The draft also provided for additional aid to industry to improve its competitiveness.
▪ The thesaurus functions not only as a retrieval aid, but also as a reference facility.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
cause
▪ This helps agencies, but will it really aid the politicians' cause?
▪ First are those who censor the truth knowingly, to aid their cause.
▪ Meanwhile its most valuable, perhaps unintended, contribution might be to aid the cause of grassroots subversion.
▪ The house was never shown, the garden aided no charitable cause.
▪ Moreover, those elected might then declare independence and seek foreign intervention to aid their cause.
understanding
▪ Tone greatly aids the researchers' understanding of Creole grammar, which appears less simple than was thought.
▪ This is a serious weakness in an approach intended to aid understanding of religion.
▪ It is useful to jot down a few examples under each point as this aids understanding and memory.
▪ It generally aids understanding to use short rather than long words.
▪ Such statistics aid our understanding of population movements but they mask the bewildering complexity that was the reality of the situation.
▪ Although they do not provide the real experience, they aid and increase understanding and motivation. 3.
▪ Both the actual process of creating such notes and the appropriateness and variety of the finished product will aid understanding and memorisation.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Officers were aided in the search by drug-sniffing dogs.
▪ Our ability to combat organized crime has been aided by our partnership with local police.
▪ The country's economic recovery has been aided by increased international trade.
▪ The large number of Latino voters aided Garcia's victory in the last election.
▪ The new equipment has been provided to aid in the diagnosis of liver disorders.
▪ The new government grants are intended to aid small businesses.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Checks bacteria, aids natural healing.
▪ It is useful to jot down a few examples under each point as this aids understanding and memory.
▪ Overlays can aid the build up of complex subjects. 2.
▪ Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have found that testosterone aids spatial thinking, but interferes with performance of spoken language.
▪ The thought of Miss Coldharbour's cool glance sweeping her face to detect any sign of tears aided her self-control.
Wikipedia

Aid

In international relations, aid (also known as international aid, overseas aid, foreign aid or foreign assistance) is – from the perspective of governments – a voluntary transfer of resources from one country to another.

Aid may serve one or more functions: it may be given as a signal of diplomatic approval, or to strengthen a military ally, to reward a government for behaviour desired by the donor, to extend the donor's cultural influence, to provide infrastructure needed by the donor for resource extraction from the recipient country, or to gain other kinds of commercial access. Humanitarian and altruistic purposes are at least partly responsible for the giving of aid.

Aid may be given by individuals, private organizations, or governments. Standards delimiting exactly the types of transfers considered "aid" vary from country to country. For example, the United States government discontinued the reporting of military aid as part of its foreign aid figures in 1958. The most widely used measure of aid is " Official Development Assistance" (ODA).

Aid (Würm)

The Aid is a river in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Aid (rapper)

Aida Alonso Iglesias (born March 28, 1990), known professionally as Aid or Aid Alonso, is a Spanish rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. She started her professional career in 2009 after receiving the Heineken Greenspace Award, and her song Boogie Vigo was rated Latin Single Of The Week on iTunes. In 2011, the song Apréndeo was considered the most listened song in Galician language in YouTube.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Aid

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.

You speedy helpers . . . Appear and aid me in this enterprise.
--Shak.

Syn: To help; assist; support; sustain; succor; relieve; befriend; co["o]perate; promote. See Help.

Aid

Aid \Aid\, n. [F. aide, OF. a["i]de, a["i]e, fr. the verb. See Aid, v. 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.

WordNet

aid

  1. v. 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, assist]

  2. improve the condition of; "These pills will help the patient" [syn: help]

aid

  1. n. 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 aid]

  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]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

aid

early 15c., "war-time tax," also "help, support, assistance," from Old French aide, earlier aiudha "aid, help, assistance" (9c.), from Late Latin adjuta, from fem. past participle of Latin adiuvare (past participle adiutus) "to give help to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + iuvare "to help" (see adjutant). Meaning "thing by which assistance is given" is recorded from c.1600. Meaning "material help given by one country to another" is from 1940.

aid

c.1400, "to assist, help," from Old French aidier "help, assistance," from Latin adiutare, frequentative of adiuvare (past participle adiutus) "give help to" (see adjutant). Related: Aided; aiding.

Wiktionary

aid

Etymology 1 n. 1 help; assistance; succor, relief. 2 A helper; an assistant. 3 Something which helps; a material source of help. Etymology 2

vb. (context transitive English) To (give) support (to); to further the progress of; to help; to assist.

Usage examples of "aid".

I dreamed that night that she had married a professional gambler, who cut her throat in the course of the first six months because the dear child refused to aid and abet his nefarious schemes.

Bal had lent Barrie to us, and without a woman to aid and abet him, it seemed to me that he was powerless.

Clearly you have aided and abetted a traitor to escape justice, and you will be remanded.

Kuhmbuhluhners on their big horses, aided and abetted, if the tales of the fugitives were to be believed, by bearded Ahrmehnee warriors and even Moon Maidens.

And now I am a recreant, and he who aided and abetted me in my asseverations of independence remains faithful.

Here was my wife, who had secretly aided and abetted her son in his design, and been the recipient of his hopes and fears on the subject, turning to me, who had dared to utter a feeble protest or two only to be scoffed at, and summarily sat upon, asking if the game was really safe.

And he has to answer for much more than aiding and abetting you with your plot to fool the old man.

I am charged with aiding and abetting his escape it seems to me that I have a right to know who he is.

That during the existing insurrection, and as a necessary measure for suppressing the same, all rebels and insurgents, their aiders and abettors within the United States, and all persons discouraging volunteer enlistments, resisting militia drafts, or guilty of any disloyal practice affording aid and comfort to rebels against the authority of the United States, shall be subject to martial law, and liable to trial and punishment by courts-martial or military commissions.

We are also aided by chemistry in determining the exact abnormal condition of the kidneys by the detection of albumen, sugar, etc.

Despite the gentle ribbing from James he was here because his men were aboard that ship and they had the right to expect his best efforts to aid them.

I respond by pointing out that one of those babies that was aborted thirty years ago might have grown up to be a brilliant scientist and could have discovered the cure for AIDS.

The Republicans had made a good showing in 1972, aided by the Nixon landslide, and they felt that if they could get enough absentee ballots thrown out, they might reverse the results of the local elections.

This was a subterfuge, by the aid of which he intended to open new negotiations respecting the form and conditions of the Regency of his son, in case of the Allied sovereigns acceding to that proposition.

The maritime cities, and of these the infant republic of Ragusa, implored the aid and instructions of the Byzantine court: they were advised by the magnanimous Basil to reserve a small acknowledgment of their fidelity to the Roman empire, and to appease, by an annual tribute, the wrath of these irresistible Barbarians.