Definitions for helphɛlp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to save; rescue; succor:

    Help me, I'm falling!

  2. to contribute to; facilitate or promote:

    to help desegregation.

  3. to be useful or profitable to:

    Your knowledge of languages will help you in your career.

  4. to refrain from; avoid (usu. prec. by can or cannot):

    I can't help teasing him about it.

  5. to prevent or stop (usu. prec. by can or cannot):

    The disagreement could not be helped.

  6. to make less unpleasant or monotonous; improve:

    A new rug might help the room.

  7. to relieve (someone) in need, sickness, pain, or distress:

    to help the poor.

  8. to alleviate; remedy:

    Nothing seems to help my headache.

  9. to serve food or drink to:

    Help her to salad.

  10. to serve or wait on (a customer), as in a store.

  11. (v.i.)to give aid; be of service or advantage:

    Every little bit helps.

  12. help out, to assist, as during a time of need.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  13. (n.)the act of helping; aid or assistance; relief or succor.

  14. a person or thing that helps:

    You were a tremendous help after the fire.

  15. a hired helper; employee.

  16. a body of such helpers.

  17. a domestic servant or a farm laborer.

  18. means of remedying, stopping, or preventing:

    There is no help for it now.

  19. Older Use.

    Category: Status (usage)

    Ref: helping. 2

  20. (interj.)(used as an exclamation to call for assistance or to attract attention.)

Idioms for help:

  1. cannot or can't help but,to be unable to refrain from or avoid; be obliged to:

    Still, you can't help but admire her.

    Category: Idiom

  2. help oneself to, to serve oneself with: to take or use without asking permission; appropriate.

    Help yourself to the cake.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: help , aid , assist , succor agree in the idea of furnishing someone with something that is needed. help implies furnishing anything that furthers one's efforts or satisfies one's needs: I helped her plan the party. aid and assist , somewhat more formal, imply a furthering or seconding of another's efforts. aid suggests an active helping; assist suggests less need and less help: to aid the poor; to assist a teacher in the classroom. To succor , still more formal and literary, is to give timely help and relief to someone in difficulty or distress: Succor him in his hour of need.Usage: cannot help but has been condemned by some as the ungrammatical version of cannot help followed by the present participle: You cannot help admiring her. The idiom cannot help but is so common in all types of speech and writing, however, that it must be characterized as standard.

Origin of help:

bef. 900; ME; OE helpan, c. OS helpan, OHG helfan, ON hjalpa, Go hilpan


Princeton's WordNet

  1. aid, assist, assistance, help(noun)

    the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

    "he gave me an assist with the housework"; "could not walk without assistance"; "rescue party went to their aid"; "offered his help in unloading"

  2. assistant, helper, help, supporter(noun)

    a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

    "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"

  3. aid, assistance, help(noun)

    a resource

    "visual aids in teaching"

  4. avail, help, service(verb)

    a means of serving

    "of no avail"; "there's no help for it"

  5. help, assist, aid(verb)

    give help or assistance; be of service

    "Everyone helped out during the earthquake"; "Can you help me carry this table?"; "She never helps around the house"

  6. help, aid(verb)

    improve the condition of

    "These pills will help the patient"

  7. help, facilitate(verb)

    be of use

    "This will help to prevent accidents"

  8. help oneself, help(verb)

    abstain from doing; always used with a negative

    "I can't help myself--I have to smoke"; "She could not help watching the sad spectacle"

  9. serve, help(verb)

    help to some food; help with food or drink

    "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"

  10. help(verb)

    contribute to the furtherance of

    "This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries"

  11. avail, help(verb)

    take or use

    "She helped herself to some of the office supplies"

  12. help(verb)

    improve; change for the better

    "New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. help(verb)ɛlp

    to do or provide sth to make a situation easier

    Could someone help me carry this?; Friends helped with the cooking and cleaning.; resources that help us do our jobs better; I have given money to help the environment.

  2. helpɛlp

    to be unable to stop doing sth

    I just can't help myself - I love chocolate.

  3. helpɛlp

    used to invite sb to take food or drink

    Please help yourself to some pie.

  4. help(noun)ɛlp

    the act of helping sb

    Can I give you some help with that?; I need help finishing my project.; She received/got help from her grandparents.

  5. helpɛlp

    sth that helps sb

    He needs medical help.; The information he gave me was no help at all.

  6. helpɛlp

    a button on a computer screen where information is provided about the website, software etc.

    Try clicking on Help.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Help(verb)

    to furnish with strength or means for the successful performance of any action or the attainment of any object; to aid; to assist; as, to help a man in his work; to help one to remember; -- the following infinitive is commonly used without to; as, "Help me scale yon balcony."

  2. Help(verb)

    to furnish with the means of deliverance from trouble; as, to help one in distress; to help one out of prison

  3. Help(verb)

    to furnish with relief, as in pain or disease; to be of avail against; -- sometimes with of before a word designating the pain or disease, and sometimes having such a word for the direct object

  4. Help(verb)

    to change for the better; to remedy

  5. Help(verb)

    to prevent; to hinder; as, the evil approaches, and who can help it?

  6. Help(verb)

    to forbear; to avoid

  7. Help(verb)

    to wait upon, as the guests at table, by carving and passing food

  8. Help(verb)

    to lend aid or assistance; to contribute strength or means; to avail or be of use; to assist

  9. Help(verb)

    strength or means furnished toward promoting an object, or deliverance from difficulty or distress; aid; ^; also, the person or thing furnishing the aid; as, he gave me a help of fifty dollars

  10. Help(verb)

    remedy; relief; as, there is no help for it

  11. Help(verb)

    a helper; one hired to help another; also, thew hole force of hired helpers in any business

  12. Help(verb)

    specifically, a domestic servant, man or woman


  1. Help!

    Help! is a 1965 film directed by Richard Lester, starring the Beatles–John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—and featuring Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John Bluthal, Roy Kinnear and Patrick Cargill. Help! was the second feature film made by the Beatles and is a comedy adventure which sees the group come up against an evil cult. The soundtrack was released as an album, also called Help!. The film had it's Royal World Premiere at the London Pavilion Theatre in the West End of London on 29 July 1965 in the presence of H.R.H The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and the Earl of Snowdon.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'help' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #318

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'help' in Written Corpus Frequency: #389

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'help' in Nouns Frequency: #400

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'help' in Verbs Frequency: #48

Translations for help

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of helping, or the result of this

Can you give me some help?; Your digging the garden was a big help; Can I be of help to you?

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