From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishaidaid1 /eɪd/ ●●○W3AWL noun 🔊 🔊 1[uncountable]PTPG help, such as money or food, given by an organization or government to a country or to people who are in a difficult situation 🔊 Foreign aid from many countries poured into the famine area. 🔊 convoys delivering humanitarian aid 🔊 a substantial aid programme 🔊 He has been granted legal aid (=free legal services).2[uncountable] help that you need to do a particular thingwith/without the aid of something 🔊 Father Poole walked painfully, with the aid of a stick.3 →in aid of something4HELP[uncountable] help or advice that is given to someone who needs itcome/go to somebody’s aid (=help someone) 🔊 I didn’t speak any French, but a nice man came to my aid.5[countable]TOOL something such as a machine or tool that helps someone do something 🔊 A video is a useful aid in the classroom. 🔊 a hearing aid6 →what’s this in aid of?7PGOan Americanspelling of aide →first aidCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: help, such as money or food, given by an organization or government to a country or to people who are in a difficult situationADJECTIVES/NOUN + aidforeign/international/overseas aidThe development of the continent is now dependent on foreign aid.legal aidIf you are on a low income, you may qualify for legal aid. financial/economic aidThe commission said it was ready to provide financial aid to help farmers.military aidIsrael is the largest recipient of U.S. economic and military aid.medical aidThe capital was in urgent need of food and medical aid.food aidThe government launched an appeal for emergency food aid for 60,000 people.humanitarian aid (=given to people living in very bad conditions)Ministers agreed to send humanitarian aid, including food and medical supplies.relief/emergency aid (=given when there is a disaster, a war etc)Surrounding countries supplied disaster relief aid.development aid (=given to help develop poor countries)It’s one of the poorest countries in the world, but it has received no UN development aid.verbssend/provide aidEU Ministers meeting in Belgium agreed to send humanitarian aid.ask for/appeal for aidThe Chinese authorities have asked for aid to help the earthquake victims.get/receive aidEthiopia receives less foreign aid than any other developing country.depend on/rely on aidThe report stated that some 703,000 people relied on food aid.suspend aid (=officially stop aid from continuing, usually for a short time)Canada will be suspending aid until democracy is restored.cut off/withdraw aid (=stop giving aid)The US has threatened to cut off aid to the region.Conditons deteriorated further as western aid was withdrawn.qualify for aid (also be eligible for aid) (=have the right to be given aid)The project is eligible for aid from the British Tourist Board.nounsan appeal/request for aidInternational aid agencies launched an appeal for emergency aid.an aid workerAid workers warned of a worsening situation.aid agencyThe sanctions could prevent international aid agencies from delivering food and medicine.an aid programme/scheme/packageThe UN aid programme provided most of the finance.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 5: something such as a machine or tool that helps someone do somethingadjectivesa hearing aidMany of the older residents wear hearing aids.visual/audio/audio-visual aids (=recorded sounds, pictures, film etc, used to help describe or explain something)No scientific lecture is ever given without slides or other visual aids.teaching/classroom aidsteaching aids and resources training/study aidsReceive free study aids when you enrol, including a copy of The IDM Marketing Guide worth £95. navigational/navigation aids (=that help you find the way you need to go when you are travelling from one place to another)navigational aids such as radarelectronic aidsFishermen rely primarily on electronic aids for navigation.
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aid• Aid is not getting through to the refugees.• The draft also provided for additionalaid to industry to improve its competitiveness.• The Red Cross is deliveringaid to the refugees.• The education programme is dependent on foreignaid, and the US Agency for International Development had been approached for funding.• If you talk loudly, it can be very nasty on a hearing aid.• Each year, the U.S. sends more than $1.8 billion in aid to sub-Saharan Africa.• Another harvest has failed, and international aid agencies warn of the threat of massstarvation.• An Italianaid worker was kidnapped by rebels last month, and still hasn't been released.• The thesaurusfunctions not only as a retrievalaid, but also as a referencefacility.• As a result, both candidates for governor are considering earmarking some state aid for salary increases.• Gore even enlisted the aid of Newt Gingrich, the Speaker of the House.• He was planning on enlisting the aid of the Association of Racing Commissioners to help get the law amended before next year.• It took three years of rehabilitation, but Meidl once again walked without the aid of crutches.legal aid• Aston has been awardedlegal aid.• Our negotiating team includes experienced legal aid family practitioners and officials.• And more people are now ineligible for legal aid than was the case a decade ago.• No legal aid is available to provide representation for employees.• A major factoraccounting for this development is the absence of legal aid for representation before tribunals.• Lord Mackay appeared to rule out an extension of legal aid to cover defamation cases.• And is it any wonder, too, that the legal aid bill is rocketing totally out of control?• He has a right to legal aid and legal representation.with/without the aid of something• With some of these sociological theories we are perhaps again witnessing the process we identified earlier with the aid of Raymond Williams.• This argument, then, is that political influence may be secured in Britain without the aid ofindependent power.• Most current special classificationschemes have been devisedwith the aid offacetanalysis and are thus faceted classification schemes.• Detectingpatterns in a large, complexsemanticnet is difficult to do without the aid of computer programs.• Again, we come across tantalising circumstantial evidence, with the aid of standardised tests.• There are certainly some individuals who can embark on this explorationwithout the aid of a psychotherapist.• Veterans groups, with the aid ofRep.• A blind student and his partially-sighted friend are preparing to climb Ben Nevis with the aid of something called a hoople.come/go to somebody’s aid• Many ships passed them before Pride of Burgundy, crossing from Calais to Dover, came to their aid.• More than could ever come to Siward's aid, nomatterwhere he sent for them.• Evidence seemed to harden somewhat when a Glamorgan farmerwent to the aid of a ditchedvan one dark night.• It came to her aid, bringing her all the strength she needed.• Each side was therefore unwilling to give ground and ready to support or go to the aid of their colleagues.• Several people came to the man's aid after he collapsed on the sidewalk.• This is where that marvellous rag-bag of feeling we relieve through our tears comes to our aid.• Now, at last, Alfonso called out to El Cid to come to his aid.• One of the people who went to his aid was his friend and fellowsoccer player David Huggins.aidaid2 ●●○AWL verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 1to help someone do something 🔊 an index to aid the readeraid somebody in/with (doing) something 🔊 Mrs Coxen was aided in looking after the children by her niece.► see thesaurus at help2to make something happen more quickly or easily 🔊 Welfare spending aids economic development in three ways.3 →aid and abet→ See Verb table
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aid• The country's economic recovery has been aided by increased international trade.• Our ability to combatorganized crime has been aided by our partnership with local police.• The large number of Latinovotersaided Garcia's victory in the last election.• The thought of Miss Coldharbour's coolglancesweeping her face to detect any sign of tears aided her self-control.• The new equipment has been provided to aid in the diagnosis of liverdisorders.• Officers were aided in the search by drug-sniffing dogs.• Checks bacteria, aids natural healing.• The new government grants are intended to aid small businesses.• Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have found that testosteroneaidsspatial thinking, but interferes with performance of spoken language.• Overlays can aid the build up of complex subjects. 2.• It is useful to jot down a few examples under each point as this aidsunderstanding and memory.aid somebody in/with (doing) something• Reichsubsidy to the city had now reached its limits and Schacht was in favour of cutting off all further aid.• Information is also readily available to aid senior management in decision making.• For 12 years he aided Tony Hart in making children's television more entertaining.• Farah Aydid had claimed that reliefaid arriving in Mogadishu was not reaching targetedpopulations.• It would suit them better to use their surpluscash to aid starving children in other countries.• And despite lobbying of government and foreign aid agencies in Ouagadougou, there is still nothing but the foundations in place.• Assistantprincipalsaid the principal in the overalladministration of the school.• He did not see why northern states should aid them in this endeavor.AIDAID /ˌeɪ aɪ ˈdiː/ 🔊 🔊 the Agency for International DevelopmentFrom Longman Business Dictionaryaidaid /eɪd/ noun [uncountable]help, such as food, medicines, or money, given by a government or private organization to help people who are suffering from war, hunger etcUN workers have been trying to move food aid to an estimated 2 million starving people.Aid is being flown out by several of the major aid agencies.aid toaid to Somalia →development aid →foreign aid →legal aid →overseas aid →regional aid