Help meaning

hĕlp
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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To refrain from; avoid or resist. Used with can or cannot:

Couldn't help laughing.

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To give material or financial aid to.

Help the homeless.

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To wait on, as in a store or restaurant.

Please help the customer in aisle 20.

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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.

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To ease the pain or discomfort of; relieve.

Medication to help your cold.

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To be of service; give assistance.

I made a cake, and my friend helped.

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To be of use or provide relief.

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

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The action of helping; assistance.

Do you need help with that package?

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One that helps.

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

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A person employed to help, especially a farm worker or domestic servant.
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Such employees considered as a group. Often used with the.
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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.
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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.
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To serve or wait on (a customer, client, guest, etc.)
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To keep from; avoid.

He can't help coughing.

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To stop, prevent, change, etc.

A misfortune that can't be helped.

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To give assistance; be cooperative, useful, or beneficial.
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To act as a waiter, clerk, servant, etc.
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The act of helping or a thing that helps; aid; assistance.
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Relief; cure; remedy.
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A helper; esp., a hired helper, as a domestic servant, farmhand, etc.
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Hired helpers; employees.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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To provide assistance to (someone or something).

He helped his grandfather cook breakfast.

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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.

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(intransitive) To provide assistance.

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

Please, help!

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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!

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Used to summon assistance, esp. urgently.
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Origin of help

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”).