• IPA: /əˈsɪst/

assist (assists, present participle assisting; past and past participle assisted)

  1. To help.

    Tutor feedback assists the learning process.
  2. (sports) To make a pass that leads directly towards scoring.
  3. (medicine) To help compensate for what is missing with the help of a medical technique or therapy.
  4. (archaic) To stand (at a place) or to (an opinion).
    A great part of the nobility assisted to his opinion.
  5. (now, archaic) To be present (at an event, occasion etc.).
    • 1789, Edward Gibbon, Memoirs of My Life, Penguin 1990, p. 138:
      I assisted with pleasure at the representation of several tragedies and comedies.
    • 1967, The Rev. Loren Gavitt (ed.), Saint Augustine's Prayer Book: A Book of Devotion for members of the Episcopal Church, revised edition, West Park, NY: Holy Cross Publications, p. 8:
      To assist at Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation.
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assist (plural assists)

  1. A helpful action or an act of giving.
    The foundation gave a much needed assist to the shelter.
  2. (sports) The act of helping another player score points or goals
    1. (soccer) A decisive pass made to the goal scorer
      • 2016, David Hytner, Mesut Özil has Arsenal daring to dream of Premier League glory (in The Guardian, 1 January 2016)
        Özil has 16 assists in the Premier League and three goals; he has two more goals in the Champions League. On Monday, he took Bournemouth apart in the 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium, setting up the first for Gabriel and scoring the second himself.
    2. (baseball) A defensive play, allowing a teammate to record a putout.
    He had two assists in the game.
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