English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'assist'

(verb) 
Definition
to give help or support
They decided to assist me with my chores.
Synonyms
help
If you're not willing to help me, I'll find somebody who will.
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back
He is backed by the civic movement.
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support
He supported the hardworking people.
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benefit
a variety of government schemes benefiting children
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aid
a software system to aid managers in decision-making
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encourage
Their task is to encourage private investment in Russia.
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work with
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work for
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relieve
a programme to relieve poor countries
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collaborate with
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cooperate with
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abet
We shall strike hard at terrorists and those who abet them.
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succour
The money would be used to succour evicted families.
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lend a hand to
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lend a helping hand to
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give a leg up to (informal)
(verb) 
a chemical that assists in the manufacture of proteins
Synonyms
facilitate
The new airport will facilitate the development of tourism.
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further
Education needn't only be about furthering your career.
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serve
soldiers who have served their country well
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aid
Calcium may aid the prevention of dental decay.
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forward
He forwarded their cause with courage, skill and humour.
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promote
His country will do everything possible to promote peace.
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boost
We need a big win to boost our confidence.
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ease
The information pack is designed to ease the process of making a will.
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sustain
I am sustained by letters of support.
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reinforce
This sense of privilege tends to be reinforced by the outside world.
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speed up
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pave the way for
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make easy
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expedite
We will do all we can to expedite the procedure
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oil the wheels
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smooth the path of
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assist the progress of
Opposites
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hold up
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hold back
, , , , ,
work against

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abet
Definition
to help or encourage in wrongdoing
We shall strike hard at terrorists and those who abet them.
in the sense of aid
Definition
to help financially or in other ways
a software system to aid managers in decision-making
Synonyms
be of service to,
lend a hand to,
give a leg up to (informal)
in the sense of aid
Calcium may aid the prevention of dental decay.
Synonyms
pave the way for,
smooth the path of,
assist the progress of

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