aid1 W2S2 [eıd] n
1.) [U]
help, such as money or food, given by an organization or government to a country or to people who are in a difficult situation
Foreign aid from many countries poured into the famine area.
convoys delivering humanitarian aid
a substantial aid programme
He has been granted legal aid (=free legal services) .
2.) [U]
help that you need to do a particular thing
with/without the aid of sth
Father Poole walked painfully, with the aid of a stick.
3.) in aid of sth
in order to help a ↑charity
We're collecting money in aid of cancer research.
4.) [U]
help or advice that is given to someone who needs it
come/go to sb's aid
(=help someone)
I didn't speak any French, but a nice man came to my aid and told me where to go.
something such as a machine or tool that helps someone do something
A video is a useful aid in the classroom.
a hearing aid
6.) what's this in aid of?
BrE spoken used to ask what something is used for or why someone is doing something
What's this meeting tomorrow in aid of, then?
7.) an American spelling of aide
→↑first aid
aid 2
aid2 v [T]
[Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: aider, from Latin adjutare, from adjuvare, from ad- 'to' + juvare 'to help']
1.) to help someone do something
an index to aid the reader
aid sb in/with (doing) sth
Mrs Coxen was aided in looking after the children by her niece.
2.) to make something happen more quickly or easily
Welfare spending aids economic development in three ways.
3.) aid and abet
law to help someone do something illegal

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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