Aid is what you do when you help someone — you come to their aid. Rich countries provide economic aid to poor countries, and if you cut your hand, you'll be looking in the first aid kit for a Band-Aid.

You can also use aid as a verb: "The librarian will aid you in your search." English has some words with meanings related to aid, but they're spelled with an -e on the end, because they come from the French. A nurse's aide is someone who assists a nurse. An aide-de-camp is a close assistant and confidant to a military officer, a word often shortened to just aide, to refer to an assistant to a political official.

Definitions of aid

n the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

“rescue party went to their aid
assist, assistance, help
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the act of helping or improving yourself without relying on anyone else
act of assisting or making easier the progress or improvement of something
hand, helping hand
physical assistance
recourse, refuge, resort
act of turning to for assistance
with the help of or owing to
ministration, relief, succor, succour
assistance in time of difficulty
the act of giving temporary assistance
an act of help or assistance
the act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need
boost, encouragement
the act of giving hope or support to someone
assistance, such as that provided to an enemy or to a known criminal
aiding the cause or policy or interests of
the performance of duties by a waiter or servant
child care, childcare
a service involving care for other people's children
community service
an unpaid service for the benefit of the public that is performed by lawbreakers as part (or all) of their sentence
community service, public service
a service that is performed for the benefit of the public or its institutions
help desk, helpdesk
a service that provides information and assistance to the users of a computer network
the service of ushering people to their seats
morale booster, morale building
anything that serves to increase morale
comfort, consolation, solace
the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction
adherence, adhesion, attachment
faithful support for a cause or political party or religion
advocacy, protagonism
active support of an idea or cause etc.; especially the act of pleading or arguing for something
the act of sponsoring (either officially or financially)
endorsement, indorsement
the act of endorsing
approval, approving, blessing
the formal act of approving
the act of reassuring; restoring someone's confidence
alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed
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any specific behavior

n the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something

attention, care, tending
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hair care, haircare, hairdressing
care for the hair: the activity of washing or cutting or curling or arranging the hair
motherly care; behavior characteristic of a mother; the practice of acting as a mother does toward her children
baby sitting, babysitting
the work of a baby sitter; caring for children when their parents are not home
pet sitting
the work of a pet sitter; caring for pets in their own home while their owners are away from home
dental care
care for the teeth
first aid
emergency care given before regular medical aid can be obtained
intervention, treatment
care provided to improve a situation (especially medical procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)
maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development
the care (feeding and stabling) of horses for pay
professional care for the hands and fingernails
professional care for the feet and toenails
the act of nourishing
the work of caring for the sick or injured or infirm
TLC, tender loving care
considerate and solicitous care
physical and emotional care and nourishment
personal care
care for someone who is disabled or is otherwise unable to care for themselves; can including bathing and cooking and managing bodily functions
skin care, skincare
care for the skin
faith cure, faith healing
care provided through prayer and faith in God
tree surgery
treatment of damaged or decaying trees
health care, healthcare
the preservation of mental and physical health by preventing or treating illness through services offered by the health profession
brush, brushing
the act of brushing your hair
comb, combing
the act of drawing a comb through hair
the act of washing your hair with shampoo
the act of interweaving a hairpiece with your own hair
brush, brushing
the act of brushing your teeth
medical aid, medical care
professional treatment for illness or injury
kneading and rubbing parts of the body to increase circulation and promote relaxation
a method of therapy that involves physical or electrical therapeutic treatment
care for the face that usually involves cleansing and massage and the application of cosmetic creams
a treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol intended to remove the physiological effects of the addictive substances
laying on of hands
the application of a faith healer's hands to the patient's body
a method of treatment that manipulates body structures (especially the spine) to relieve low back pain or even headache or high blood pressure
application of warm wet coverings to a part of the body to relieve pain and inflammation
a method of treating disease using food and exercise and heat to assist the natural healing process
a drugless method of treatment based on the belief that disease symptoms arise from problems with ligaments and connective tissues
orthodontic treatment
dental treatment that corrects irregularities of the teeth or of the relation of the teeth to surrounding anatomy; treatment is usually by braces or mechanical aids
treatment of defects of binocular vision (such as strabismus and amblyopia) by nonsurgical measures (especially by exercises to strengthen the eye muscles)
therapy based on the assumption that restoring health is best accomplished by manipulating the skeleton and muscles
treatment of a skeletal deformity by intentionally fracturing a bone
acupuncture, stylostixis
treatment of pain or disease by inserting the tips of needles at specific points on the skin
G-Jo, acupressure, shiatsu
treatment of symptoms by applying pressure with the fingers to specific pressure points on the body
autogenic therapy, autogenic training, autogenics
training patients in self-induced relaxation
hydropathy, hydrotherapy
the internal and external use of water in the treatment of disease
rest as a medical treatment for stress or anxiety etc.
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activity directed toward making or doing something

n a resource

“visual aids in teaching”
assistance, help
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a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed

n money to support a worthy person or cause

economic aid, financial aid
European Recovery Program
a United States program of economic aid for the reconstruction of Europe (1948-1952); named after George Marshall
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public assistance, social welfare, welfare
governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need
philanthropic gift, philanthropy
voluntary promotion of human welfare
financial aid provided to a student on the basis of academic merit
money granted (by a university or foundation or other agency) for advanced study or research
foreign aid
aid (such as economic or military assistance) provided to one nation by another
any monetary aid
a grant to a person or school for some educational project
financial aid that enables you to get trained for a specified job
social insurance
government provision for unemployed, injured, or aged people; financed by contributions from employers and employees as well as by government revenue
aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped
dole, pogey, pogy
money received from the state
a grant paid by a government to an enterprise that benefits the public
post doc, postdoc, postdoctoral
a grant that funds postdoctoral study or research
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something acquired without compensation

v give help or assistance; be of service

assist, help
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alleviate, ease, facilitate
make easier
assist, attend, attend to, serve, wait on
work for or be a servant to
help as a benefactor
help out
be of help, as in a particular situation of need
be helpful or useful
succor, succour
help in a difficult situation
expedite, hasten
speed up the progress of; facilitate
be of use to, be useful to
care, give care
provide care for
help oneself, often through improvised means
take care of an infant without breastfeeding it
serve as a personal attendant to
attend, look, see, take care
take charge of or deal with
fuss, mother, overprotect
care for like a mother
serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people
act as a servant for older boys, in British public schools
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back up, support
give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to

v improve the condition of

bring around, cure, heal
provide a cure for, make healthy again
benefit, do good
be beneficial for
restore to good health or strength
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ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
to make better

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