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aid

noun     /eɪd/
[U] help or support: He gets about with the aid of a walking stick. She went to the aid of a man trapped in his car. A woman in the street saw that he was in trouble and came to his aid.Helping and co-operating C1 [C] a piece of equipment that helps you to do something: teaching aids, such as books and videos A thesaurus is a useful aid to writing.Tools in general C1 [U] help in the form of food, money, medical supplies, or weapons that is given by a richer country to a poorer country: The Vatican has agreed to donate $80,000 in humanitarian/emergency aid to countries affected by the war. About a fifth of the country's income is in the form of foreign/overseas aid.Gifts in the form of moneyPresents and giftsHelping and co-operatingCharity organizationsGenerous and charitable in aid of sb/sth C1 UK in order to collect money for a group of people who need it: a concert in aid of famine reliefCharity organizationsGenerous and charitable
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