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verb American English pronunciation: assist /əˈsɪst/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyassist
he/she/itassists
present participleassisting
past tenseassisted
past participleassisted

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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to help someone or something

    These measures were designed to assist people with disabilities.

    They eventually agreed to assist the investigation.

    The new technique will assist rapid identification.

    assist in/with:

    Several top landscape designers assisted in the creation of the garden.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to make a job or piece of work easier to do

    information that will assist the police with their search

    assist someone to do something:

    The program assists young people to find work.

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