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assist

verb
 
 
/əˈsɪst/
[I or T] to help somebody or help with something: assist (sb) with sth The coordinator will assist the director with all aspects of event-planning.assist (sb) in doing sth The prospectus provides detailed information that will assist investors in making informed decisions. The accused denies the charge of assisting an offender. Investment in transport will assist growth in the economy. The fees will assist in paying off the 260m pounds debt accrued.
[T] to help something develop or happen by providing money, support, etc.: be assisted by sth Redevelopment of the new facility has been assisted by 2.5 million dollars of public funding.
assist the police with their inquiries an expression that is used to refer to the fact that someone has been taken to a police station to be asked questions about a crime, but that they have not yet been accused of the crime: Two men have been detained in connection with the suspected fraud and are at present assisting police with their inquiries.
Translations of “assist”
in Korean 돕다…
in Arabic يُساعِد…
in French aider, assister…
in Turkish yardım etmek…
in Italian assistere, aiutare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 幫助, 協助, 援助…
in Russian помогать…
in Polish pomagać, służyć pomocą…
in Spanish ayudar…
in Portuguese ajudar, auxiliar, assistir…
in German helfen…
in Catalan assistir, ajudar…
in Japanese (~を)手伝う, 援助する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 帮助, 协助, 援助…
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