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assist in something

to help with something. May I assist in this? Please assist in this task.
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assist (someone) at something

to serve as a helper or assistant in some procedure. (This usually refers to a surgical procedure.) Will you assist at surgery this morning? I would be happy to assist you at the procedure.
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assist someone in something

to help a particular person working on a task. Please assist Greg in the committee's assignment. We assisted him in the whole procedure.
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assist someone with someone or something

to help someone manage someone or something, especially with lifting or physical management. Assist me with Jane, won't you? Will you assist me with this heavy box? Sally assisted herself with the math problem. She did it on her own.
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It was my earnest wish to help him to prepare to enter Hampton, and to save money to assist him in his expenses there.
Before I could offer to assist him he had found what he wanted.
And I shall have a service to ask of you afterwards, if you don't object to assist me.
It is again needless to say that, so far from objecting, I was all eagerness to assist her.
I dare say, madam,' says he, 'that you will be as well satisfied with my friend as with me, and he is thoroughly able to assist you, which I am not.
Flintridge Prep 45, Windward 32: Martha Wong had 14 points, four assists and six rebounds to lead the Rebels (11-11), who added 10 points from Lori Tashjian and eight rebounds from Wendy Crumrine in a win at Flintridge Prep.
Entering the Lakers' game tonight at Sacramento, Johnson is five assists shy of five digits.
Farmar, a Taft High of Woodland Hills product, finished the tournament with more turnovers (15) than assists (11).
She consults with providers planning new facilities who often project just one or two daily assists per resident.
Bowdoin College senior forward Adam Dann (Burlington, VT) posted 14 goals and 15 assists in leading the Polar Bears to the championship game of the NESCAC conference.
I know we can play with a lot off good teams,'' said Metcalf, who had 18 assists.
Trinity College senior Joseph Ori (Niles, IL) has posted nine goals and 22 assists in leading the Bantams to the top spot in the NESCAC Conference.
Jesse Alo added seven kills, six assists, two blocks and two digs, and Marcos Borja had 11 kills.
He tied a school record with 15 assists against Wyoming in his last outing.
Oscar Garcia led the Parrots with 20 assists and Vallejo chipped in with 17.