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  • Verb

assist

uh-SIST

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It’s my job at school to assist or help the science teacher clean out the aquarium. Since I love fish, I don’t mind assisting or giving her aid in that job at all. I also have an aquarium at home, which I assist or support my father in helping clean. After I finish assisting or giving help to my dad, I love to look at the fish in their nice clean home because they look so happy!

Quiz: What are you doing when you assist someone?

  • You are helping her complete a task.
  • You are walking to school with him.
  • You are stopping him from completing a job.

Memory Hook
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Ask My Sister If you want help with anything, ask my sister, for she loves to assist people with just about anything!

Examples
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  • Throwing, of course — using the wheel to assist in shaping a symmetrical piece. —A Single Shard
  • The musicians therefore looked for a handier and less circumstantial instrument to assist them in training the pupils of the many church choirs. —The Story of Mankind

Word Ingredients
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as- to, towards
sist stand still, stand firm

To assist in a task is to help another “stand firm towards” its completion.

Word Theater
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YouTube: Gnome Miracle One turtle assists another.
Assist

Word Constellation
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Assist

Word Variants
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assistance n help, aid