assist

You run up the field, pass the ball to the forward and she scores! It’s your third assist of the game. On and off the soccer field, to assist is to help or contribute.

The English word assist came to us in the early 15th century from the French word assister, meaning to "to stand by or help.” The French word is pronounced "ah-sis-tay" and is not to be confused with "a sister." Even if your sister is helpful.

Definitions of assist
  1. verb
    give help or assistance; be of service
    synonyms: aid, help
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    alleviate, ease, facilitate
    make easier
    attend, attend to, serve, wait on
    work for or be a servant to
    benefact
    help as a benefactor
    help out
    be of help, as in a particular situation of need
    subserve
    be helpful or useful
    succor, succour
    help in a difficult situation
    expedite, hasten
    speed up the progress of; facilitate
    avail
    be of use to, be useful to
    care, give care
    provide care for
    bootstrap
    help oneself, often through improvised means
    dry-nurse
    take care of an infant without breastfeeding it
    valet
    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
    nurse
    serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people
    fag
    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
  2. verb
    work for or be a servant to
    “Is a salesperson assisting you?”
    synonyms: attend, attend to, serve, wait on
    serve
    devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas
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    valet
    serve as a personal attendant to
    fag
    act as a servant for older boys, in British public schools
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    aid, help
    give help or assistance; be of service
  3. verb
    act as an assistant in a subordinate or supportive function
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    protect
    use tariffs to favor domestic industry
    abet
    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
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    work
    exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
  4. noun
    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”
    synonyms: aid, assistance, help
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    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
    hand, helping hand
    physical assistance
    recourse, refuge, resort
    act of turning to for assistance
    thanks
    with the help of or owing to
    ministration, relief, succor, succour
    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
    boost, encouragement
    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
    service
    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
    seating
    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
    sponsorship
    the act of sponsoring (either officially or financially)
    endorsement, indorsement
    the act of endorsing
    approval, approving, blessing
    the formal act of approving
    reassurance
    the act of reassuring; restoring someone's confidence
    mercy
    alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed
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    activity
    any specific behavior
  5. noun
    (sports) the act of enabling another player to make a good play
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    maneuver, manoeuvre, play
    a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill
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