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aid    : ['ed]
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.
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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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
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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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n 1: a resource; "visual aids in teaching" [synonym: {aid},
{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" [synonym: {aid}, {assist}, {assistance}, {help}]
3: money to support a worthy person or cause [synonym: {aid},
{economic aid}, {financial aid}]
4: the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone
or something; "no medical care was required"; "the old car
needs constant attention" [synonym: {care}, {attention}, {aid},
v 1: 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" [synonym: {help},
{assist}, {aid}]
2: improve the condition of; "These pills will help the patient"
[synonym: {help}, {aid}]

189 Moby Thesaurus words for "aid":
Samaritan, a leg up, abet, acolyte, adjutant, agent, aide,
aide-de-camp, aider, alimony, alleviate, alleviation, allotment,
allowance, alterative, analeptic, ancilla, annuity, assist,
assistance, assistant, assister, assuagement, attendant, auxiliary,
avail, backer, backing, bail out, balm, balsam, bear a hand,
befriend, befriender, benefactor, benefactress, benefit, benefiter,
best man, bounty, carriage, carrying, clear the way, coadjutant,
coadjutor, coadjutress, coadjutrix, comfort, corrective, cure,
depletion allowance, deputy, do for, do good, doctor, dole, ease,
executive officer, expedite, explain, facilitate, favor,
fellowship, finance, financial assistance, fund, give a boost,
give a hand, give a lift, give help, good Samaritan, good person,
grant, grant-in-aid, grease, grease the ways, grease the wheels,
guaranteed annual income, hand, hasten, healing agent,
healing quality, help, help along, help out, helper, helping hand,
helpmate, helpmeet, jack-at-a-pinch, lend a hand, lend one aid,
lieutenant, lift, lighten, loose, lubricate, maintenance,
make clear, make way for, ministering angel, ministrant, mitigate,
mitigation, moral support, oil, old-age insurance, open the way,
open up, paranymph, paraprofessional, patron, pave the way,
pay the bills, pecuniary aid, pension, pension off,
prepare the way, prescription, price support, proffer aid, protect,
psychological support, public assistance, public welfare, quicken,
rally, receipt, recipe, reclaim, redeem, reliance, relief, relieve,
remedial measure, remedy, remove friction, render assistance,
rescue, restorative, restore, resuscitate, retirement benefits,
revive, run interference for, save, scholarship, second,
security blanket, servant, set up, sideman, simplify, smooth,
smooth the way, soap the ways, sovereign remedy, specific,
specific remedy, speed, stead, stipend, striker, subsidization,
subsidize, subsidy, subvention, succor, succorer, support,
supporting actor, supporting instrumentalist,
supportive relationship, supportive therapy, sustaining,
sustainment, sustenance, sustentation, take in tow, tax benefit,
unbar, unblock, unclog, unjam, upholding, upkeep, welfare,
welfare aid, welfare payments

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