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AID

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does aid mean? 

AID (noun)
  The noun AID has 4 senses:

1. a resource
2. the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
3. a gift of money to support a worthy person or cause
4. the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something

  Familiarity information: AID used as a noun is uncommon.


AID (verb)
  The verb AID has 2 senses:

1. give help or assistance; be of service
2. improve the condition of

  Familiarity information: AID used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


AID (noun)


Sense 1aid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A resource

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

aid; help; assistance

Context examples:

visual aids in teaching / economic assistance to depressed areas

Hypernyms ("aid" is a kind of...):

resource (a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed)


Sense 2aid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

help; assistance; assist; aid

Context examples:

he gave me an assist with the housework / could not walk without assistance / rescue party went to their aid / offered his help in unloading

Hypernyms ("aid" is a kind of...):

activity (any specific behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "aid"):

lift (the act of giving temporary assistance)

service (an act of help or assistance)

accommodation (the act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need)

boost; encouragement (the act of giving hope or support to someone)

support (aiding the cause or policy or interests of)

ministration; relief; succor; succour (assistance in time of difficulty)

financial aid (assistance given in the form of money)

thanks (with the help of or owing to)

recourse; refuge; resort (act of turning to for assistance)

hand; helping hand (physical assistance)

facilitation (act of assisting or making easier the progress or improvement of something)

self-help (the act of helping or improving yourself without relying on anyone else)


Sense 3aid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A gift of money to support a worthy person or cause

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

economic aid; aid

Hypernyms ("aid" is a kind of...):

gift (something acquired without compensation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "aid"):

traineeship (financial aid that enables you to get trained for a specified job)

grant-in-aid (a grant to a person or school for some educational project)

grant (any monetary aid)

foreign aid (aid (such as economic or military assistance) provided to one nation by another)

fellowship (money granted (by a university or foundation or other agency) for advanced study or research)

scholarship (financial aid provided to a student on the basis of academic merit)


Sense 4aid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

care; tending; attention; aid

Context examples:

no medical care was required / the old car needs constant attention

Hypernyms ("aid" is a kind of...):

work (activity directed toward making or doing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "aid"):

hair care; haircare; hairdressing (care for the hair: the activity of washing or cutting or curling or arranging the hair)

nursing (the work of caring for the sick or injured or infirm)

tender loving care; TLC (considerate and solicitous care)

nurturance (physical and emotional care and nourishment)

personal care (care for someone who is disabled or is otherwise unable to care for themselves; can including bathing and cooking and managing bodily functions)

skin care; skincare (care for the skin)

faith cure; faith healing (care provided through prayer and faith in God)

tree surgery (treatment of damaged or decaying trees)

health care; healthcare (the preservation of mental and physical health by preventing or treating illness through services offered by the health profession)

nourishment (the act of nourishing)

pedicure (professional care for the feet and toenails)

manicure (professional care for the hands and fingernails)

maternalism (motherly care; behavior characteristic of a mother; the practice of acting as a mother does toward her children)

baby sitting; babysitting (the work of a baby sitter; caring for children when their parents are not home)

pet sitting (the work of a pet sitter; caring for pets in their own home while their owners are away from home)

dental care (care for the teeth)

first aid (emergency care given before regular medical aid can be obtained)

treatment (care by procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)

incubation (maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development)

livery (the care (feeding and stabling) of horses for pay)


AID (verb)


Sense 1aid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give help or assistance; be of service

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

aid; assist; help

Context examples:

Everyone helped out during the earthquake / Can you help me carry this table? / She never helps around the house

Hypernyms (to "aid" is one way to...):

back up; support (give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "aid"):

care; give care (provide care for)

avail (be of use to, be useful to)

expedite; hasten (speed up the progress of; facilitate)

succor; succour (help in a difficult situation)

subserve (be helpful or useful)

help out (be of help, as in a particular situation of need)

benefact (help as a benefactor)

assist; attend; attend to; serve; wait on (work for or be a servant to)

alleviate; ease; facilitate (make easier)

bootstrap (help oneself, often through improvised means)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot aid Sue


Sense 2aid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Improve the condition of

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

aid; help

Context example:

These pills will help the patient

Hypernyms (to "aid" is one way to...):

ameliorate; amend; better; improve; meliorate (to make better)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "aid"):

benefit; do good (be beneficial for)

bring around; cure; heal (provide a cure for, make healthy again)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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