1 to give help or support to (a person, cause, etc.); aid
2 to work or act as an assistant or subordinate to (another)
3 (Ice hockey) to help (a team-mate) to score, as by passing the puck
4 intr; foll by: at
Archaic to be present; attend
5 (U.S. and Canadian) the act of helping; aid; assistance
6 (Baseball) the act of a player who throws or deflects a batted ball in such a way that a team is enabled to put out an opponent
a a pass or other action by a player which enables another player to score a goal
b a credit given for such an action
(C15: from French assister to be present, from Latin assistere to stand by, from sistere to cause to stand, from stare to stand)
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