Help definition

hĕlp
To give assistance; be cooperative, useful, or beneficial.
verb
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The action of helping; assistance.

Do you need help with that package?

noun
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To make it easier for (something) to exist, happen, develop, improve, etc.
  • 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.
verb
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To act as a waiter, clerk, servant, etc.
verb
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To refrain from; avoid or resist. Used with can or cannot:

Couldn't help laughing.

verb
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One that helps.

You've been a great help. A food processor is a help to the serious cook.

noun
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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.
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(uncountable) Action given to provide assistance; aid.

I need some help with my homework.

noun
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(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.

noun
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To give material or financial aid to.

Help the homeless.

verb
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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.

verb
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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.

verb
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To wait on, as in a store or restaurant.

Please help the customer in aisle 20.

verb
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To be of service; give assistance.

I made a cake, and my friend helped.

verb
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To ease the pain or discomfort of; relieve.

Medication to help your cold.

verb
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To be of use or provide relief.

He has a bad back, and physical therapy hasn't helped.

verb
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(archaic) A person employed to help, especially a farm worker or domestic servant.
noun
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Such employees considered as a group. Often used with the.
noun
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To serve or wait on (a customer, client, guest, etc.)
verb
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To stop, prevent, change, etc.

A misfortune that can't be helped.

verb
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A helper; esp., a hired helper, as a domestic servant, farmhand, etc.
noun
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Hired helpers; employees.
noun
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Documentation provided with computer software, etc. and accessed using the computer.

I can't find anything in the help about rotating an image.

noun
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(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.

noun
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(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."

noun
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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.

verb
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(intransitive) To provide assistance.

She was struggling with the groceries, so I offered to help.

Please, help!

verb
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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.

interjection
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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.

noun
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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.

verb
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To keep from; avoid.

He can't help coughing.

verb
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To provide assistance to (someone or something).

He helped his grandfather cook breakfast.

verb
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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!

verb
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The act of helping or a thing that helps; aid; assistance.
noun
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Relief; cure; remedy.
noun
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Used to summon assistance, esp. urgently.
interjection
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To make things easier or better for (a person); aid; assist.
  • 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.
verb
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help (oneself) to
  • To serve or provide oneself with:
    Help yourself to the cookies.
  • To take (something) without asking permission:
    The thief even helped himself to the spare change in the jar.
idiom
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help (someone) off
  • To assist (someone) in taking off a piece of clothing:
    Help me off with these boots.
idiom
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help (someone) on
  • To assist in putting on a piece of clothing:
    Help your grandmother on with her coat.
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cannot help but
  • cannot fail to; be compelled or obliged to
idiom
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cannot help oneself
  • to be the victim of circumstances, a habit, etc.
idiom
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help oneself (to)
  • to serve or provide oneself with (food, etc.)
  • to take without asking or being given; steal or appropriate (something)
idiom
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help out
  • to help in getting or doing something; help
idiom
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so help me (God)
  • a phrase used to assert that one is making a solemn vow, sincere declaration, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
help
Plural:
helps

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

help (oneself) to
help (someone) off
help (someone) on
cannot help but
cannot help oneself
help oneself (to)

Origin of help

  • Middle English helpen from Old English helpan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary