What is the difference between aid and aide?

Aid

Definition: Noun.

  1. help, typically of a practical nature.
  2. financial or material help given to a country or area in need.

Examples:

  • Nepal received aid from all over the world.
  • Regular exercise is an important aid to good health.

Definition: Verb

  1. help or support (someone or something) in the achievement of something.
  2. promote or encourage (something).

Examples:

  • The winning team was aided by enthusiastic support.
  • A silent room aids restful sleep.

Aide

Definition: Noun.

  1. an assistant to an important person, especially a political leader.

Examples:

  • The presidential aide was found to be leaking stories to the press.
  • The mayor’s aide was clever and capable.

 

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