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verb assist pronunciation in American English /əˈsɪst/
Word Forms
present tense
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.
    1. a.
      to help someone more skilled to do their job, for example by doing the easier parts of the work
      Her job is to assist the head chef.
  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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