Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ASSISTS

We in Freeland have guaranteed to labour the whole of what it assists to produce.

By all means do so (he answered), if you think that it assists matters.

She also assists the clergyman, if desired, in ministering to spiritual needs.

It also assists in developing their sense of responsibility.

The boiling kills any germs and assists in whitening the clothes.

It assists them very materially in travelling through the tree-tops.

It assists in protecting from enfilade, and affords a plunging fire.

However small the amount may be, to that degree it assists in bearing the burden.

It assists a man in getting a seat as the director of certain Companies.

He now assists Perky to circulate the spurious medium of exchange.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Middle French assister "to stand by, help, put, place, assist" (14c.), from Latin assistere "stand by, take a stand near, attend," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + sistere "take a stand, cause to stand," from PIE *siste-, reduplicated form of root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Related: Assisted; assisting. Medical assisted suicide attested from 1884.