assist-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: help, aid

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[agent] ASSIST NP2
NOTE: NP1 can be animate or an organization

She never assists her mother with housework.
Can you assist me in carrying this table?
The committee assisted the Elections Committee in promoting and explaining SAC representative voting procedures.
The nurse assisted the physician and respiratory therapist during the intubation.
Is a salesperson assisting you?
The minister assisted the king for many years.

VerbNet: help-72.1-1-1
FrameNet: Assistance
PropBank: assist.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 3

Sense Number 2: be beneficial or helpful to

Commentary: NP1[agent,-human] ASSIST NP2

Whilst lower prices assisted industrial competitiveness and consumer welfare, they did not incentivise end users to be more energy efficient.
It contains far too few maps, which could have greatly assisted the reader in understanding the issues being negotiated.
The Crime Victims Fund assisted the family with $500 toward his burial expenses.
Unseasonably warm weather assisted maturation of crops.
The strong economy assisted the boating industry in 2004.
Scattered rain assisted the firemen in dousing blazes.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM