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1aid/ˈeɪd/verb
aidsaidedaiding
1aid
/ˈeɪd/
verb
aidsaidedaiding
Learner's definition of AID  
: to provide what is useful or necessary : help
[+ object]
[no object]
— usually + in
2aid/ˈeɪd/noun
pluralaids
2aid
/ˈeɪd/
noun
pluralaids
Learner's definition of AID  
[noncount]  : the act of helping someone : help or assistance given to someone
[noncount] 
: something (such as money, food, or equipment) that is given by a government or an organization to help the people in a country or area where many people are suffering because of poverty, disease, etc. — often used before another noun
   b  : money that is given to a student to help pay for the cost of attending a school
[count] 
: something that provides help or assistance
   b  : a device, object, etc., that makes something easier to do
— see also first aid, hearing aid
[count]chiefly US  : a person whose job is to assist someone : aide

in aid of

chiefly British
: in order to help (something or someone)
◊ The informal British expression What's (all) this/that in aid of? is used to ask about the purpose of something.
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