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Definition of "assist" []

  • To give help or support to, especially as a subordinate or supplement; aid: The clerk assisted the judge by looking up related precedents. Her breathing was assisted by a respirator. (verb-transitive)
  • To give aid or support. See Synonyms at help. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be present, as at a conference. (verb-intransitive)
  • An act of giving aid; help. (noun)
  • Sports A fielding and throwing of a baseball in such a way that enables a teammate to put out a runner. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "assist" in a sentence
  • "To have his goal scored on my assist is a great thing for us."
  • "A good way to assist is to bring entrepreneurial and business skills to them."
  • "The No. 1 plague on America's box scores is what I call assist inflation -- the awarding of assists that are not assists according to the very extensive language in the NCAA Statistician's Manual."