1) N-UNCOUNT: oft with poss If you give someone assistance, you help them do a job or task by doing part of the work for them.

Since 1976 he has been operating the shop with the assistance of volunteers...

She can still come downstairs with assistance but she's very weak.

help, aid
2) N-UNCOUNT If you give someone assistance, you give them information or advice.

Any assistance you could give the police will be greatly appreciated...

Employees are being offered assistance in finding new jobs.

help, aid
3) N-UNCOUNT: oft supp N If someone gives a person or country assistance, they help them by giving them money.

...a viable programme of economic assistance...

We shall offer you assistance with legal expenses up to $5,000.

help, aid
4) N-UNCOUNT If something is done with the assistance of a particular thing, that thing is helpful or necessary for doing it.

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help, aid
5) PHRASE: V inflects, usu modal PHR Someone or something that is of assistance to you is helpful or useful to you.

He was of great assistance to me in researches for my books...

Can I be of any assistance?

be of help
6) PHRASE: V inflects If you come to someone's assistance, you take action to help them.

They are appealing to the world community to come to Jordan's assistance...

Ben suffered a heart attack and Helen rushed to his assistance.

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  • assistance — [ asistɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1422; de assister I ♦ Personnes réunies. ⇒ assemblée, foule. L assistance était clairsemée (cf. fam. Il y avait quatre pelés et un tondu). Sa conférence a charmé l assistance. ⇒ auditoire, public. Il y eut des protestations… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Assistance — ist eine Dienstleistung, die Kunden von Versicherungen und anderer Unternehmen sofort und unmittelbar hilft. Der Grundgedanke der Assistance ist es, rund um die Uhr Notfallhilfe vor Ort zu organisieren bzw. zu erbringen. Unter… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • assistance — ASSISTANCE. s. f. Présence. En ce sens il n est guère d usage qu en style de Pratique; soit en parlant de la présence d Un Juge, ou d un autre Officier de Justice dans quelque affaire du Palais; soit en parlant de la présence d un Curé, ou d un… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • assistance — Assistance. s. f. v. Presence. Il a honnoré cette ceremonie de son assistance. le Curé, les Prestres, le Juge, les Commissaires ont eu tant pour leur droit d assistance, pour leur assistance. Il signifie aussi, Aide, secours. Donner, prester… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • assistance — UK US /əˈsɪstəns/ noun [U] ► help, especially money or resources that are given to people, countries, etc. when they have experienced a difficult situation: need/seek assistance »The minister revealed that the banking industry needed assistance… …   Financial and business terms

  • Assistance — As*sist ance, n. [Cf. F. assistance.] 1. The act of assisting; help; aid; furtherance; succor; support. [1913 Webster] Without the assistance of a mortal hand. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. An assistant or helper; a body of helpers. [Obs.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • assistance — I noun accommodation, adiumentum, adjuvancy, advocacy, aid, auxilium, benefit, benevolence, championship, cooperation, furtherance, help, helpfulness, intercession, participation, reinforcement, subsidy, succor, support associated concepts: able… …   Law dictionary

  • assistance — early 15c., act of helping or aiding, from M.Fr. assistance, from assister (see ASSIST (Cf. assist) (v.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Assistance — (fr., spr. Assistangs), so v.w. Assistenz …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Assistance — (frz. assistangs), Assistenz, Beistand. Assistent, Gehilfe; assistiren, aushelfen, unterstützen; Assistenten heißen auch bei dem Sternkreuzorden in Oesterreich die zwei ersten Damen nach der Kaiserin …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • assistance — help, aid (see under HELP vb) Analogous words: service, advantage, profit, avail, *use: supporting, upholding, backing (see SUPPORT vb): subsidy, grant, subvention, *appropriation: cooperation, concurrence (see corresponding verbs at UNITE)… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms