assistant


assistant
assistant n Assistant, helper, coadjutor, aid, aide, aide-de-camp all denote persons who take over part of the duties of another, especially in a subordinate capacity.
Assistant is applicable to a person who meets this description, regardless of the status of his work
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a baker’s assistant

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a bishop’s assistant

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a superintendent’s assistant

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Helper often implies apprenticeship in a trade or the status of an unskilled laborer
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a bricklayer’s helper

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a mother’s helper often performs the duties of a nursemaid

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Coadjutor usually implies equivalence except in authority; it may be used either of a co-worker or a volunteer assistant
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in working so complex a mechanism as the government of the empire he must have willing coadjutorsBuchan

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at St. James I met with a kind and cordial coadjutor in my biblical labors in the bookseller of the place— Borrow

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decided to share the government of the Roman world with a coadjutorR. M. French

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In a specific use it names or is applied to a bishop who serves as an assistant to the bishop having jurisdiction over a diocese. Especially in Roman Catholic and Protestant Episcopal use it implies the right of succession.
Aid and aide are often interchangeable synonyms of assistant
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a laboratory aid

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aides and orderlies . . . assist the professional nurses— Nursing World

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Aide frequently but aid rarely denotes a special and often highly qualified assistant able to act as an adviser to his principal
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questioned the use of presidential aides in foreign affairs

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with their chief aides they will discuss the problems of the interregnum— N. Y. Times

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Aide and aide-de-camp designate a military or naval officer who personally attends a general or a sovereign, a president or a governor, often as an escort but sometimes with definitely prescribed duties.

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  • assistant — as‧sis‧tant [əˈsɪstnt] noun [countable] JOBS 1. also shop assistant or sales assistant someone who sells things in a shop; = sales clerk …   Financial and business terms

  • assistant — assistant, ante (a si stan, stan t ) adj. 1°   Qui assiste. Il se dit particulièrement des ecclésiastiques qui, dans les messes solennelles, assistent le célébrant à l autel. Être assistant, servir de prêtre assistant.    S. m. L assistant, le… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Assistant — As*sist ant, a. [Cf. F. assistant, p. pr. of assister.] 1. Helping; lending aid or support; auxiliary. [1913 Webster] Genius and learning . . . are mutually and greatly assistant to each other. Beattie. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mil.) Of the second… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • assistant — ASSISTANT, ANTE. adj. Qui est présent en un tel lieu. Il y avoit tant de Prêtres assistans à l Autel. Les Evêques assistans. Le premier, le second Evêque assistant.Assistant, s emploie souvent substantivement. Tous les assistans furent édifiés.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • assistant — Assistant. s. m. v. Celuy qui est present. Il pria tous les assistants. un grand nombre d assistants. Il se dit de aussi ceux qui ont quelque fonction dans une ceremonie, dans un sacre. Les Evesques assistants. il y avoit tant d assistants à l… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Assistant — As*sist ant, n. 1. One who, or that which, assists; a helper; an auxiliary; a means of help. [1913 Webster] Four assistants who his labor share. Pope. [1913 Webster] Rhymes merely as assistants to memory. Mrs. Chapone. [1913 Webster] 2. An… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • assistant — I noun abettor, accessory, accomplice, adiutor, adiutrix, adjutant, adjuvant, advocate, agent, aide, aide de camp, aider, apprentice, associate, backer, champion, clerk, coadjutor, coaid, collaborator, colleague, confederate, confrere, cooperator …   Law dictionary

  • assistant — → asistente, 2 …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • assistant — [n] helper abettor, accessory, accomplice, adherent, adjunct, aide, ally, appointee, apprentice, associate, attendant, auxiliary, backer, backup*, coadjutant, coadjutor, collaborator, colleague, companion, confederate, cooperator, deputy, fellow… …   New thesaurus


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