Definition of assistant in English:


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  • 1A person who ranks below a senior person.

    ‘the managing director and his assistant’
    • ‘an assistant manager’
    • ‘The jobs on offer range from betting assistants to managers of off-course betting centres.’
    • ‘The company has taken on retail managers, cashiers and assistants and is already doing a roaring trade.’
    • ‘All hurling team managers, their assistants and parents are asked to attend.’
    • ‘Sub-managers and senior assistants flashed about the store in all directions seeking cash.’
    • ‘He's signed other strikers and there's an assistant manager who will have his own views on things.’
    • ‘After that he said his client left the education system and got a job as an assistant manager of a clothes shop in the town.’
    • ‘We spoke to an assistant manager, but he refused to comment or give his name.’
    • ‘He was the assistant manager of an art gallery in Mayfair and a clever cook.’
    • ‘I tried talking to her to keep her calm while someone went to get the assistant manager of the club.’
    • ‘As they moved round to the main body of the pub they were seen by the assistant manager.’
    • ‘I used to be an assistant manager at one of the big chain stores in America.’
    • ‘He has years of experience as an assistant manager and is very eager to take the next step.’
    • ‘I find that the assistant manager or floor supervisor is a good person to pick on in large or chain stores.’
    • ‘It will be a closed project with a full-time project manager and two full-time assistants.’
    • ‘There are also a dozen editorial assistants, three data managers and six freelance readers.’
    • ‘The assistant director here marshals the room, which takes one pressure off.’
    • ‘Our assistant director typed out every word spoken in the book in correct order as a reference document.’
    • ‘The assistant director quit because he didn't believe that the film could be made.’
    • ‘The manager called out to an assistant in the back of the shop to bring a glass of water.’
    • ‘To restart the project we had to formally request permission from the assistant director.’
    subordinate, deputy, auxiliary, second, second in command, number two, lieutenant, right-hand man, right-hand woman, wingman, aide, personal assistant, PA, attendant, mate, apprentice, junior
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    1. 1.1with adjective or noun modifier A person who helps in particular work.
      ‘a laboratory assistant’
      • ‘He went to work as an administrative assistant with a legitimate arms dealer but failed to impress.’
      • ‘She returned to the store and, with the help of a more sympathetic assistant, found a wig she liked.’
      • ‘The equally sheepish assistant fiddled with the mouse and looked blankly at the screen.’
      • ‘When a few grey curls of smoke started sliding out, a young male assistant hurried over.’
      • ‘We have taken over the two remaining staff and will soon have a new assistant vet and nurse.’
      • ‘It was truly kind of the hairdresser to come to my house with his bonny male assistant.’
      • ‘I don't often have to have that many new assistants, people do tend to stop around here.’
      • ‘His special interest was dermatology in which he held an appointment as clinical assistant.’
      • ‘The former care assistant said the aerobics was having a positive effect on her attitude to the illness.’
      • ‘The job cuts will be mainly among cash desk assistants in administrative and support departments.’
      • ‘She is also a part-qualified accountant and trained assistant care home manager.’
      • ‘We've got a good team, and we've got two good assistant coaches as well so they can probably take a bit of credit.’
      • ‘Julie had to give up work as a school support assistant because she is afraid to leave her son alone in the house.’
      • ‘As home care assistants work about 12 hours a week, on average, most of them are not covered by the law.’
      • ‘Some £174,000 was found for nine new health care assistants to help ease the burden on the midwives.’
      • ‘But when people come out of hospital, the people who look after them if they need care are home care assistants.’
      • ‘But what about the nurses and the care assistants and the nursery workers?’
      • ‘The health authorities had also withdrawn funding to provide care assistants.’
      • ‘I have a social worker, who keeps changing, and there are care assistants who help me with the handling and turning.’
      • ‘The service provides nurses, care assistants, locum doctors, teachers and social workers.’



/əˈsistnt/ /əˈsɪstnt/


Late Middle English from Old French, or from medieval Latin assistent- ‘taking one's stand beside’, from the verb assistere (see assist).