aid: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ād), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to provide support for or relief to; help: to aid the homeless victims of the fire.
  2. to promote the progress or accomplishment of; facilitate.
  1. to give help or assistance.
  1. help or support; assistance.
  2. a person or thing that aids or furnishes assistance; helper; auxiliary.
    1. Also callednatural aids.the means by which a rider communicates with and controls a horse, as the hands, legs, voice, and shifts in weight.
    2. Also calledartificial aids.the devices by means of which a rider increases control of a horse, as spurs, whip, and martingale.
  3. aide-de-camp.
  4. See
  5. a payment made by feudal vassals to their lord on special occasions.
  6. (after 1066) any of several revenues received by a king in the Middle Ages from his vassals and other subjects, limited by the Magna Charta to specified occasions.


Pronunciation: (ād), [key]
— n. U.S. Govt.
  1. the division of the United States International Development Cooperation Agency that coordinates the various foreign aid programs with U.S. foreign policy: established in 1961.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. American Institute of Decorators.
  2. American Institute of Interior Designers.
  3. artificial insemination donor.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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  • aid (Thesaurus)