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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun aid:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb aid:


The word aid is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun aid

What does aid mean as a name of something?

Aid is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: aids

  1. a person or thing that is a resource that helps make something easier or possible to do
    • example: visual aids in teaching
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of aid: assistance / help
    • more generic word: resource = a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed
  2. the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
    • example: rescue party went to their aid
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of aid: assist / assistance / help
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
    • more specific terms:
      • self-help = the act of helping or improving yourself without relying on anyone else
      • facilitation = act of assisting or making easier the progress or improvement of something
      • helping hand / hand = physical assistance
      • recourse / refuge / resort = act of turning to for assistance
      • thanks = with the help of or owing to
      • ministration / succour / relief / succor = assistance in time of difficulty
      • lift = the act of giving temporary assistance
      • service = an act of help or assistance
      • accommodation = the act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need
      • encouragement / boost = the act of giving hope or support to someone
      • comfort = assistance, such as that provided to an enemy or to a known criminal
      • support = aiding the cause or policy or interests of
  3. gift of money or other material help to support a person or cause
  4. the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something

Alternative definition of the noun aid


  1. Help assistance; succor, relief.
  2. The person who promotes or helps in something being done; a helper; an assistant.
  3. Something which helps; a material source of help.
  4. [British] A historical subsidy granted to the crown by Parliament for an extraordinary purpose, such as a war effort
  5. [British] An exchequer loan.
  6. [legal] A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his feudal lord on special occasions.
  7. An aide-de-camp, so called by abbreviation

Specialised definition of the noun aid

Glossary of sports / equestrian

a prompt given to a horse to make it change gaits, turn, etc (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

any signal given to a horse to prompt it to turn, change gaits, or perform some other maneuver.

Definition of the verb aid

What does aid mean as a doing word?

Aid is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: aided | aiding | aids

  1. give help or assistance; be of service
    • example: Sam cannot aid Sue
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary]I helped him
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme, object control with infinitive]I helped him to finish the homework
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] with [Theme, object control with -ing]I helped him with finishing the homework
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] with [Theme, not sentential clause]I helped him with homework
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] with [Theme, arbitrary control with -ing]I helped with finishing the homework
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] with [Theme, not sentential clause]I helped with the homework

      Help Verbs (with the same syntax): abet, assist, help.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of aid: assist / help
    • more generic terms: back up / support = give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
    • more specific terms:
  2. improve the condition of

Other definitions of aid

What does aid also mean?


  1. Agency for International Development


Who is Aid?

Aid a.k.a. Aíd: Aida Alonso Iglesias, better known as Aid or Aid Alonso, is a Spanish rapper, singer and hip hop songwriter. Jugando was her debut album, which was featured on the frontpage of iTunes with Boogie Vigo song as Latin Single of The Week. That year is proclaimed winner of Heineken Greenspace festival among more of 1300 bands. She have won other competitions like Ones To Watch of Myspace and Marcate un Squares of Kellogs. She has achieved popularity with her first album Jugando in Latin and Spanish-speaking countries.

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  1. Aid is a fictional character from the 1964 film Goldstein.
  2. Aid is a fictional character from the 2007 film In the Heliopolis Flat.

There are other characters with in their name, like Band Aid, Band-Aid, First aid, first-aid, Hearing aid, hearing-aid and Kool-Aid Man.


"Aid" is a book by John Degnbol-Martinussen.

  • also known as "Aid: understanding international development cooperation"


  1. Aid a.k.a. Anderson Municipal Airport, also known as Darlington Field, is a city owned, public use airport located three nautical miles east of the central business district of Anderson, a city in Madison County, Indiana, United States. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility.
  2. The Aid is a river in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

There are other places with in their name, like Aid Township.


  1. Aid: In international relations, aid is – from the perspective of governments – a voluntary transfer of resources from one country to another.
  2. Aid a.k.a. Alngith Language: Alngith is an extinct Paman language formerly spoken on the Cape York Peninsula of Queensland, Australia, by the Alngith people. Its date of extinction is unknown. Phonologically, this language variety is very similar to the related variety Linngithigh, the only difference being that this language has the process of metathesis whereas Linngithigh does not.
    • also known as Alngith dialect
  3. Aid is a file format.
  4. Aid a.k.a. activation-induced cytidine deaminase is a gene.
    • also known as integrated into Burkitt's lymphoma cell line Ramos, activation-induced deaminase, truncated AID, activation induced cytidine deaminase

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Aid

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Google previewInternational Ethics (2010)

A Critical Introduction by Richard Shapcott

For Kant, mutual aid is a positive duty to aid that is not dependent upon any causal relationship.

Google previewCompetition Law (2001)

by Barry Rodger, Angus MacCulloch

Although State aid is a potential danger for competition, the prohibition in the Treaty is neither absolute nor unconditional. State aids do have positive aspects in...

The general justification for State aid is that it may ...

Google previewCompetition Law and Policy in the EC and UK (2008)

by Barry Rodger, Angus MacCulloch

Although State aid is a potential danger for competition, the prohibition in the Treaty is neither absolute nor...

The general justification for State aid is that it may contribute to the correction of market failures or market imperfections. State aid ...

Google previewAssessing Aid (1998)

What Works, what Doesn't, and why

FOREIGN AID IS A POST WORLD WAR II PHENOMENON. FROM THE start, it had twin objectives, potentially in conflict. The first objective was to promote long- term growth and poverty reduction in developing countries; the underlying ...

Google previewThe Postwar Transformation of Germany (1999)

Democracy, Prosperity, and Nationhood by John Brady, Beverly Crawford, Sarah Elise Wiliarty

Rather, such aid is the beneficence of the state. As such, financial and material aid is a privilege, not a right. This means, in turn, that in times of economic adversity this "privilege" can more easily be curtailed, or even revoked by the state. Thus ...

Google previewForeign Aid, War, and Economic Development (1986)

South Vietnam, 1955-1975 by Douglas C. Dacy

This relatively underdeveloped country could not possibly have met the demands of a long and destabilizing war out of its own resources, and the glue used to hold the country together was foreign aid. Foreign aid is a concept, like charity, with ...

Google previewInternational Aid (1966)

The Flow of Public Resources from Rich to Poor Countries by Ian Malcolm David Little, Juliet Mary Clifford

These omissions are not because private investment and charitable activities are unimportant: but because public aid is a big enough subject on its own. Also, the flow of public finance to poor countries is much larger than that of private ...

Google previewDictionary of Globalization (2006)

by Andrew Jones

However, by the 1980s, aid as administered under presidents Reagan and Bush, was increasingly used to promote American investment, national interests and free market economies. Thus many commentators argue that the way the US ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Of Professopnal Education (10 Vol.) (2003)

by B.R. Sinha

Legal Aid and Legal Education :* Some Basic Questions Traditionally, at least in the United States, legal aid has had a close connection with the law schools. Law teachers have frequently taken the lead in establishing and supporting legal ...

Google previewThe Holocaust Encyclopedia (2001)

by Baumel Judith Tydor Laqueur Walter, Walter Laqueur, Judith Tydor Baumel

ELAS BUF British Union of Fascists CAR Comité d'Aide aux Réfugiés (Refugee Aid EPD Committee) CBF Central ...

Google previewAzerbaijani-English, English-Azerbaijani Dictionary and Phrasebook (1999)

by Nicholas Awde, Famil Ismailov

this afternoon bu gun afterwards natijada again yena age yash ago bundan awal agreement raziliq; to sign an agreement sazish imzalamaq agriculture kand tasarrufati agronomist aqronom aid yardim; humanitarian aid ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Disability (2005)

by Gary L Albrecht

helps the communication aid user overcome physical problems and develop functional movement patterns. The immediate aim in facilitated communication training is to ...

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Quotes about Aid

Just like the Alamo, somebody damn well needed to go to their aid. Well, by God, I'm going to Viet Nam's aid! (Lyndon B. Johnson)
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Scrabble value of A1I1D2

The value of this 3-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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