aid / ād/ • n. help, typically of a practical nature: he was walking with the aid of a walker. ∎ financial or material help given to a country or area in need: 700,000 tons of food aid. ∎ a person or thing that is a source of help or assistance: exercise is an important aid to recovery after heart attacks a teaching aid. ∎ hist. a grant of subsidy or tax to a king. • v. [tr.] help, assist, or support (someone or something) in the achievement of something: women were aided in childbirth by midwives | [intr.] the heel was slanted to aid in climbing hilly terrain. ∎ promote or encourage (something): diet and exercise aid healthy skin. PHRASES: aid and abetsee abet.
See also 75. CHARITY .
- abetment, abettal
- the act of abetting or inciting another to commit a crime. —abettor, abetter, n.
- the condition of holding the rank of adjutant.
- almoner, almner
- an official, as of a monastery, whose duty is to distribute charity or alms. —almonership, n.
- Formal. 1. a secretary.
- 2. a scribe or copyist.
- joint aid or assistance; joint cooperation.
- passive assistance, especially in wrongdoing.
- Rare. connivance.
- 1. pertaining to alms.
- 2. Obsolete, an almsman; a person who lives on the charity of others.
- Rare. 1. a hospital or hostel for orphans.
- 2. the care and support of orphans.
- a person paid to perform tasks or services, especially as a hireling.
• Aeronautical Inspection Directorate
• (USA) Agency for International Development
• agricultural industrial development
• Aircraft Intelligence Department
• American Institute of Decorators
• American Institute of Interior Designers
• Army Intelligence Department
• Med. artificial insemination (by) donor
• Association internationale pour le développement (French: International Development Association)
So aid sb. XV.