The BBC's Clare Arthurs looks at some of the words and phrases often used in the news and their meanings in various contexts.
Uses of 'aid'
- to aid
to give support, help or charity
help or support given for free
- aid workers
people who help deliver aid
- economic aid
donations, or low interest loans given by governments to governments
- military aid
giving weapons, or training for soldiers
- humanitarian aid
aid given at a personal level, like clothes or food, for example after a natural disaster
- first aid
basic medical help given as soon as possible to someone who has been hurt in an accident or suddenly become ill
- hearing aid
a small device, usually worn in or behind the ear, that helps you hear better
Listen to Clare's talk
Examples from the talk
Eritreans must look to international aid to prevent starvation devastating their impoverished population.
Britain and India have confirmed that they have suspended military aid to Nepal following the King's declaration of a state of emergency earlier this month.
Mr Kim said North Korea would go to the negotiating table at any time but the United States had to show sincerity - a reference to Pyongyang's demands for economic aid.
More examples from BBC websites
South Korea has offered about 10,000 tons of corn to North Korea, in what would be the first official aid to its hungry neighbour for almost two years... more about this story >>
A French aid worker has been kidnapped by gunmen in Sudan's western region of Darfur... more about this story >>
In the UK, only one in 13 people feel confident they could carry out first aid on those ill and injured... more about this story >>
A challenge for you
Why do you think giving aid is such an important human practice? Do you know anyone who has ever received aid? Or given aid to someone else? Send us your short 'news story' making sure you use the word 'aid' in it.
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