- Help is defined as a plea or request for aid or assistance.
An example of help is what you would shout if you fall and can't get up.
- The definition of help is aid that you request, or is someone who provides assistance.
- An example of help is what you are asking for when you ask your neighbor to get your mail.
- An example of help is someone who goes out of his way to aid you.
- Help means to provide aid or assistance, or to improve a situation.
- An example of help is when you mow your older neighbor's lawn for free.
- An example of help is when tutoring makes your grades get better.
- to make things easier or better for (a person); aid; assist; specif.,
- to give (one in need or trouble) something necessary, as relief, succor, money, etc.: to help the poor
- to do part of the work of; ease or share the labor of: to help someone lift a load
- to aid in getting (up, down, in, etc. or to, into, out of, etc.): help her into the house
- to make it easier for (something) to exist, happen, develop, improve, etc.; specif.,
- to make more effective, larger, more intense, etc.; aid the growth of; promote: a tax to help the schools
- to cause improvement in; remedy; alleviate; relieve: a medicine that helps a cold
- to keep from; avoid: he can't help coughing
- to stop, prevent, change, etc.: a misfortune that can't be helped
- to serve or wait on (a customer, client, guest, etc.)
Origin of helpMiddle English helpen from Old English helpan, akin to German helfen from Indo-European base an unverified form ?elb-, an unverified form ?elp-, to help from source early Lithuanian s?lbinos, to aid
- to give assistance; be cooperative, useful, or beneficial
- to act as a waiter, clerk, servant, etc.
- the act of helping or a thing that helps; aid; assistance
- relief; cure; remedy
- a helper; esp., a hired helper, as a domestic servant, farmhand, etc.
- hired helpers; employees
Origin of helpME < OE < base of the v.; in U.S., sense of “servant,” prob. a euphemism to avoid stigma of “serve”
cannot help but
cannot help oneself
help oneself (to)
- to serve or provide oneself with (food, etc.)
- Informal to take without asking or being given; steal or appropriate (something)
so help me (God)
verbhelped, help·ing, helps
- a. To give assistance to (someone); make it easier for (someone) to do something; aid: She helped me with my project. I helped her find her book.b. To give material or financial aid to: help the homeless.c. To wait on, as in a store or restaurant: Please help the customer in aisle 20.
- a. To contribute to the effectiveness or improvement of (something); improve or advance: tax breaks to help create jobs; new ways to help the environment; a remark that didn't help the situation.b. To ease the pain or discomfort of; relieve: medication to help your cold.
- To refrain from; avoid or resist. Used with can or cannot: couldn't help laughing.
- To be of service; give assistance: I made a cake, and my friend helped.
- To be of use or provide relief: He has a bad back, and physical therapy hasn't helped.
- The action of helping; assistance: Do you need help with that package?
- One that helps: You've been a great help. A food processor is a help to the serious cook.
- a. Archaic A person employed to help, especially a farm worker or domestic servant.b. Such employees considered as a group. Often used with the.
Origin of helpMiddle English helpen from Old English helpan
(usually uncountable, plural helps)
- (uncountable) Action given to provide assistance; aid.
- I need some help with my homework.
- (usually uncountable) Something or someone which provide assistance with a task.
- He was a great help to me when I was moving house.
- I've printed out a list of math helps.
- Documentation provided with computer software, etc. and accessed using the computer.
- I can't find anything in the help about rotating an image.
- (usually uncountable) One or more people employed to help in the maintenance of a house or the operation of a farm or enterprise.
- The help is coming round this morning to clean.
- Most of the hired help is seasonal, for the harvest.
- (uncountable, euphemistic) Correction of deficits, as by psychological counseling or medication or social support or remedial training.
- His suicide attempts were a cry for help.
- He really needs help in handling customer complaints.
- "He's a real road-rager." / "Yup, he really needs help, maybe anger management."
The sense "people employed to help in the maintenance of a house" is usually an uncountable mass noun. A countable form - "a hired help", "two hired helps" - is attested, but now less common.
From Middle English, from Old English help (“help, aid, assistance, relief”), from Proto-Germanic *helpō (“help”), *hilpiz, *hulpiz, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱelb-, *ḱelp- (“to help”). Cognate with West Frisian help (“help”), Dutch hulp (“help”), Swedish hjälpa (“to help”), German Hilfe (“help, aid, assistance”), Danish hjælp (“help”), Norwegian hjelp (“help”).
- To provide assistance to (someone or something).
- He helped his grandfather cook breakfast.
- To contribute in some way to.
- The white paint on the walls helps make the room look brighter.
- If you want to get a job, it helps to have some prior experience.
- (intransitive) To provide assistance.
- She was struggling with the groceries, so I offered to help.
- Please, help!
- To avoid; to prevent; to refrain from; to restrain (oneself). Usually used in nonassertive contexts with can.
- We couldn’t help noticing that you were late.
- We couldn’t help but notice that you were late.
- She’s trying not to smile, but she can’t help herself.
- Can I help it if I'm so beautiful?
- Can I help it that I fell in love with you?
- Are they going to beat us? Not if I can help it!
- Use 3 is often used in the imperative mood as a call for assistance.
- In uses 1, 2 and 3, this is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. It can also take the bare infinitive with no change in meaning.
- In use 4, can't help is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing) or, with but, the bare infinitive.
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From Middle English helpen, from Old English helpan (“to help, aid, assist, benefit, relieve, cure”), from Proto-Germanic *helpaną (“to help”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱelb-, *ḱelp- (“to help”). Cognate with West Frisian helpe (“to help”), Low German helpen (“to help”), Dutch helpen (“to help”), German helfen (“to help”), Danish hjælpe (“to help”), Norwegian hjelpe (“to help”).
help - Computer Definition
On-screen instruction regarding the use of a program. There is always a Help menu in today's operating systems and applications. On Windows PCs, pressing F1 is the de facto standard for getting help. See context sensitive help.