care, attention, aid, tending

(noun) the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something; “no medical care was required”; “the old car needs constant attention”

aid, assist, assistance, help

(noun) the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; “he gave me an assist with the housework”; “could not walk without assistance”; “rescue party went to their aid”; “offered his help in unloading”

aid, assistance, help

(noun) a person or thing that is a resource that helps make something easier or possible to do; “visual aids in teaching”; “his job was to give technical assistance over the phone”

aid, economic aid, financial aid, assistance, financial assistance, economic assistance

(noun) gift of money or other material help to support a person or cause; “economic assistance to depressed areas”

help, aid

(verb) improve the condition of; “These pills will help the patient”

help, assist, aid

(verb) give help or assistance; be of service; “Everyone helped out during the earthquake”; “Can you help me carry this table?”; “She never helps around the house”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Proper noun


Initialism of Agency for International Development.


• -iad, Adi, DIA, Dai, Dia, I'd-a, I'da, IAD, Ida, dai, dia-

Etymology 1


aid (countable and uncountable, plural aids)

(uncountable) Help; assistance; succor, relief.

(countable) A helper; an assistant.

(countable) Something which helps; a material source of help.

(countable, British) An historical subsidy granted to the crown by Parliament for an extraordinary purpose, such as a war effort.

(countable, British) An exchequer loan.

(countable, legal) A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his feudal lord on special occasions.

(countable) An aide-de-camp, so called by abbreviation.

Etymology 2


aid (third-person singular simple present aids, present participle aiding, simple past and past participle aided)

(transitive) To provide support to; to further the progress of; to help; to assist.

(climbing) To climb with the use of aids such as pitons.


• assist

• befriend

• bestand

• cooperate

• help

• promote

• relieve

• succor

• support

• sustain

• See also help or serve


• -iad, Adi, DIA, Dai, Dia, I'd-a, I'da, IAD, Ida, dai, dia-

Source: Wiktionary

Aid, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aided; p. pr. & vb. n. Aiding.] Etym: [F. aider, OF. aidier, fr. L. adjutare to help, freq. of adjuvare to help; ad + juvare to help. Cf. Adjutant.]

Definition: To support, either by furnishing strength or means in coöperation to effect a purpose, or to prevent or to remove evil; to help; to assist. You speedy helpers . . . Appear and aid me in this enterprise. Shak.


– To help; assist; support; sustain; succor; relieve; befriend; coöperate; promote. See Help.

Aid, n. Etym: [F. aide, OF. aĂŻde, aĂŻe, fr. the verb. See Aid, v. t.]

1. Help; succor; assistance; relief. An unconstitutional mode of obtaining aid. Hallam.

2. The person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; a helper; an assistant. It is not good that man should be alone; let us make unto him an aid like unto himself. Tobit viii. 6.

3. (Eng. Hist.)

Definition: A subsidy granted to the king by Parliament; also, an exchequer loan.

4. (Feudal Law)

Definition: A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his lord on special occasions. Blackstone.

5. An aid-de-camp, so called by abbreviation; as, a general's aid. Aid prayer (Law), a proceeding by which a defendant beseeches and claims assistance from some one who has a further or more permanent interest in the matter in suit.

– To pray in aid, to beseech and claim such assistance.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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According to Guinness World Records, the most massive cup of coffee contained 22,739.14 liters and was created by Alcaldía Municipal de Chinchiná (Colombia) at Parque de Bolívar, Chinchiná, Caldas, Colombia, on 15 June 2019. Fifty people worked for more than a month to build this giant cup. The drink prepared was Arabic coffee.

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