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"aid" in British English

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uk   /eɪd/  us   /eɪd/
[U] help or ​support: He gets about with the aid of a ​walkingstick. She went to the aid of a man ​trapped in his ​car. A woman in the ​streetsaw that he was in ​trouble and came to his aid.
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.
C1 [U] help in the ​form of ​food, ​money, ​medicalsupplies, or ​weapons that is given by a ​richercountry to a ​poorercountry: The ​Vatican has ​agreed to ​donate $80,000 in humanitarian/​emergency aid to ​countriesaffected by the ​war. About a fifth of the country's ​income is in the ​form of foreign/​overseas aid.
in aid of sb/sth C1 UK
in ​order to ​collectmoney for a ​group of ​people who need it: a ​concert in aid of ​faminerelief

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aidverb [T]

uk   /eɪd/  us   /eɪd/
C1 to ​help: Huge ​projectsdesigned to aid ​poorercountries can sometimes do more ​harm than good. His ​excuse for ​drinkingbrandy is that it's said to aid ​digestion.
aid and abet sb specialized or humorous
to ​help someone to do something ​illegal or ​wrong: Three ​auditors were ​accused of aiding and ​abetting the men ​charged with ​fraud.

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(Definition of aid from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"aid" in American English

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aidnoun [C/U]

 us   /eɪd/
help or ​support, or something that ​provides it: [U] He gets around with the aid of a ​cane. [U] She went to the aid of a man trapped in his ​car. [C] A good ​dictionary can be a ​useful aid to ​understanding a new ​language.
Aid is often used to refer to ​help given in the ​form of ​food, ​money, ​medicalsupplies, etc., to a ​country or ​group of ​people that is in need or because of an ​emergency: [U] foreign aid [U] Aid for the ​floodvictims was on the way.
(Definition of aid from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"aid" in Business English

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aidnoun [U]

uk   us   /eɪd/
money, ​food, ​medicine, or other ​supplies that are ​sent to ​people or countries who need them because of a difficult ​situation: appeal for/ask for/seek aid The ​government has already ​appealed for 800,000 ​tonnes of ​food aid to ​feed its ​starvingpopulation. economic/​emergency/humanitarian aidget/receive/accept aid Victims of the ​flood can receive aid at one of the 19 ​emergency aid ​stations set up by the ​state. foreign/​international/​overseas aid
help or ​support: give/provide/send aid to sb Lawmakers say the ​plan will ​create 1 million ​jobs and ​provide comfort and aid to the ​poor.come to the aid of sb The Bureau will come to the aid of any ​homeownerspursuing an ​insuranceclaim.government/public/state aid Under the ​plan, ​state aid to ​localbusinesses would ​drop by $6.6 million.

aidverb [I or T]

uk   us   /eɪd/
to ​help or ​support someone or something: Better ​trainingpolicies and new ​technologies are aiding ​disabledpeople in the ​workplace.aid in (doing) sth An ​additionalteam of ​contractors was ​hired to aid in the plant's ​construction.
aid and abet
LAW to ​help someone do something that is ​illegal: Prosecutors argued that he aided and abetted in ​illegaldrugcultivation and ​sale.
(Definition of aid from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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