Pronunciation: (ād), [key]
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.

to give help or assistance.

1. help or support; assistance.
2. a person or thing that aids or furnishes assistance; helper; auxiliary.
3. aids, Manège.
a. Also called natural aids. the means by which a rider communicates with and controls a horse, as the hands, legs, voice, and shifts in weight.
b. Also called artificial aids. the devices by means of which a rider increases control of a horse, as spurs, whip, and martingale.
4. aide-de-camp.
5. See foreign aid.
6. a payment made by feudal vassals to their lord on special occasions.
7. Eng. Hist.(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.
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.


1. American Institute of Decorators.
2. American Institute of Interior Designers.
3. Also,A.I.D. Brit.artificial insemination donor.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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