If you see a blind man having trouble crossing the street, offer him some assistance. Lending a hand is just one way of providing assistance.

Assistance is a noun that means to help or aid. It's the noun form for the verb to assist. Homes for the elderly are sometimes called "assisted living facilities" because they provide assistance to older folks who might need assistance getting in and out of bed, or feeding themselves. If you're in a store and no one is helping you, call a manager and ask for assistance. However, if you like to shop, you probably won't need any assistance spending money.

Definitions of assistance

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

“could not walk without assistance
aid, assist, 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
Type of:
any specific behavior

n a resource

aid, help
Type of:
a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed

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