AskDefine | Define assist

Dictionary Definition



1 the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "he gave me an assist with the housework"; "could not walk without assistance"; "rescue party went to their aid"; "offered his help in unloading" [syn: aid, assistance, help]
2 (sports) the act of enabling another player to make a good play


1 give help or assistance; be of service; "Everyone helped out during the earthquake"; "Can you help me carry this table?"; "She never helps around the house" [syn: help, aid]
2 act as an assistant in a subordinate or supportive function
3 work for or be a servant to; "May I serve you?"; "She attends the old lady in the wheelchair"; "Can you wait on our table, please?"; "Is a salesperson assisting you?"; "The minister served the King for many years" [syn: serve, attend to, wait on, attend]

User Contributed Dictionary



From french assister, from latin assistere, both words meaning, "to assist."



  1. statistical recognition of making a pass that leads directly towards scoring.
    He had two assists in the game.



  1. To help someone.
    Would you please assist John with learning English.
  2. To make a pass that leads directly towards scoring.


to make a pass in a sport



  1. Make a pass that allows the own team to score (a goal).

Extensive Definition

Assist may refer to:
assist in Japanese: アシスト

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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