/euh sis"teuhnt/, n.1. a person who assists or gives aid and support; helper.2. a person who is subordinate to another in rank, function, etc.; one holding a secondary rank in an office or post: He was assistant to the office manager.3. something that aids and supplements another.4. a faculty member of a college or university who ranks below an instructor and whose responsibilities usually include grading papers, supervising laboratories, and assisting in teaching.adj.5. assisting; helpful.6. serving in an immediately subordinate position; of secondary rank: an assistant coach.[1400-50; late ME assistent < L assistent- (s. of assistens, prp. of assistere to ASSIST); see -ENT, -ANT]Syn. 2. aide, adjutant.
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