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

v give help or assistance; be of service

aid, help
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alleviate, ease, facilitate
make easier
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 work for or be a servant to

“Is a salesperson assisting you?”
attend, attend to, serve, wait on
devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas
serve as a personal attendant to
act as a servant for older boys, in British public schools
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aid, help
give help or assistance; be of service

v act as an assistant in a subordinate or supportive function

use tariffs to favor domestic industry
assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
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exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity

n 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”
aid, 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 (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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