What does help mean?

Definitions for help
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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"

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."

    Etymology: [AS. help; akin to D. hulp, G. hlfe, hilfe, Icel. hjlp, Sw. hjelp, Dan. hielp. See Help, v. t.]

  2. Help(verb)

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

    Etymology: [AS. help; akin to D. hulp, G. hlfe, hilfe, Icel. hjlp, Sw. hjelp, Dan. hielp. See Help, v. t.]

  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

    Etymology: [AS. help; akin to D. hulp, G. hlfe, hilfe, Icel. hjlp, Sw. hjelp, Dan. hielp. See Help, v. t.]

  4. Help(verb)

    to change for the better; to remedy

    Etymology: [AS. help; akin to D. hulp, G. hlfe, hilfe, Icel. hjlp, Sw. hjelp, Dan. hielp. See Help, v. t.]

  5. Help(verb)

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

    Etymology: [AS. help; akin to D. hulp, G. hlfe, hilfe, Icel. hjlp, Sw. hjelp, Dan. hielp. See Help, v. t.]

  6. Help(verb)

    to forbear; to avoid

    Etymology: [AS. help; akin to D. hulp, G. hlfe, hilfe, Icel. hjlp, Sw. hjelp, Dan. hielp. See Help, v. t.]

  7. Help(verb)

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

    Etymology: [AS. help; akin to D. hulp, G. hlfe, hilfe, Icel. hjlp, Sw. hjelp, Dan. hielp. See Help, v. t.]

  8. Help(verb)

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

    Etymology: [AS. help; akin to D. hulp, G. hlfe, hilfe, Icel. hjlp, Sw. hjelp, Dan. hielp. See Help, v. t.]

  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

    Etymology: [AS. help; akin to D. hulp, G. hlfe, hilfe, Icel. hjlp, Sw. hjelp, Dan. hielp. See Help, v. t.]

  10. Help(verb)

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

    Etymology: [AS. help; akin to D. hulp, G. hlfe, hilfe, Icel. hjlp, Sw. hjelp, Dan. hielp. See Help, v. t.]

  11. Help(verb)

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

    Etymology: [AS. help; akin to D. hulp, G. hlfe, hilfe, Icel. hjlp, Sw. hjelp, Dan. hielp. See Help, v. t.]

  12. Help(verb)

    specifically, a domestic servant, man or woman

    Etymology: [AS. help; akin to D. hulp, G. hlfe, hilfe, Icel. hjlp, Sw. hjelp, Dan. hielp. See Help, v. t.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Help

    help, v.t. to support: to assist: to mitigate: to give means for doing anything: to provide or supply with: to remedy: to prevent, to keep from.—v.i. to give assistance: to contribute:—pa.p. helped, (B.) hōlp′en.n. means or strength given to another for a purpose: assistance: relief: one who assists: (Amer.) a hired servant, esp. a domestic.—n. Help′er, one who helps: an assistant.—adj. Help′ful, giving help: useful.—n. Help′fulness.—adj. Help′less, without help or power in one's self: wanting assistance.—adv. Help′lessly.—ns. Help′lessness; Help′mate, an assistant: a partner: a wife—also written Help′meet, from Gen. ii. 18.—Help forward, to assist in making progress; Help off, to aid in disposing or getting rid of; Help on, to forward, to lift up; Help out, to aid in finishing a task, eking out a supply, &c.; Help over, to enable to surmount; Help to, to aid in obtaining for some one; Help up, to raise.—God help him, a phrase implying extreme pity or commiseration.—So help me God, a very strong asseveration, implying the willingness of the speaker to let his chance of salvation depend upon his truthfulness. [A.S. helpan, pa.t. healp, pa.p. holpen; Ice. hjálpa, Ger. helfen, to aid.]

Editors Contribution

  1. help

    To provide support or contribute.

    The children love to help prepare dinner.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 18, 2020  

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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

How to pronounce help?

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    Daniel
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    British
    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say help in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of help in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of help in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of help in a Sentence

  1. Benjamin Lowy:

    Some images deserve to get to paper because it's a kind of memory, if I can help to keep memory of interesting moments, some moments of grace perhaps...I think it's interesting to fix them on paper and to alert to people not to forget them.

  2. Robin Clark:

    There are a lot of psychosocial support just around daily living that really good effective centers try to offer to help people re-enter normal life after they have been unemployed, many people have been in prison.

  3. Andrew Tabler:

    I don't see a tremendous amount of change out of the Iranians or Russians. There is some talk of them being tired, but their positions are pretty firm, they think that Assad's immediate departure would lead to a collapse of the regime. Washington also sees a rapid collapse of the regime as something that would be a boon for ISIS. They are in a conundrum: if Assad goes right away, it would help ISIS, but if he doesn't go at all, you have no hope of putting the pieces of Syria back together again.

  4. Leslie Bernstein:

    Simply things like obesity or inflammatory conditions are a risk factor for breast cancer, so this may be one reason it could help.

  5. Diane Snyder-Cowan:

    I firmly believe we're still at the tip of the iceberg, in terms of the help people need, and we won't understand the full scope of that for another six to nine months.

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Translations for help

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • hulp, helpAfrikaans
  • aduya, aduyarAragonese
  • مساعدة, ساعد, عاونArabic
  • kömək etməkAzerbaijani
  • ярҙамсы, ярҙамBashkir
  • дапамога, дапамагаць, памагаць, дапамагчы, памагчыBelarusian
  • помощ, помогна, помагамBulgarian
  • সাহায্য, সাহায্য করাBengali
  • ajuda, ajudar, aidarCatalan, Valencian
  • aiutàCorsican
  • nápověda, pomocník, pomocnice, pomoc, pomoct, pomoci, pomáhatCzech
  • hjælp, hjælpeDanish
  • Hilfe, helfenGerman
  • βοήθεια, συντρέχω, βοηθάωGreek
  • helpilo, helpisto, helpo, servisto, helpanto, helpiEsperanto
  • auxilio, ayuda, socorro, ayudarSpanish
  • abi, koduabiline, abiline, abistama, aitama, panustamaEstonian
  • laguntzaile, laguntza, lagunduBasque
  • کمک, یاری, کمک کردن, یاری کردنPersian
  • apuri, apu, opastaa, auttaaFinnish
  • aide, auxiliaire, secours, aider, secourirFrench
  • help, helpeWestern Frisian
  • cuidiú, cúnamh, cabhair, cabhraigh, tug cúnamh, cuidighIrish
  • cuidichScottish Gaelic
  • axuda, axudarGalician
  • עזרה, סיוע, סייע, תרם, עזרHebrew
  • सहायता, उपकार, मदद, मदद करनाHindi
  • èd, edeHaitian Creole
  • segítség, segítHungarian
  • օգնական, օգնություն, օգնելArmenian
  • adjuta, succurso, succurrer, adjutarInterlingua
  • pertolongan, penolong, bantuan, pembantu, membantu, menahan, bantu, menolong, TolongIndonesian
  • helpo, helparIdo
  • aðstoð, hjálparhella, heimilishjálp, hjálp, fulltingi, hjálpaIcelandic
  • aiuto, ausilio, aiutareItalian
  • 手伝い, 助け, ヘルプ, 手助け, 手伝う, 助けるJapanese
  • დახმარებაGeorgian
  • жәрдем, көмек, ермек ету, көмек көрсету, көмектесу, жәрдем беру, болысуKazakh
  • ជំនួយ, ជួយKhmer
  • 도움, 돕다Korean
  • خزمه‌تکار, alîkarî, misaede, piştevanî, yarmetî, komekî, destek, یارمه‌تی, piştgirî, یارمه‌تی دانKurdish
  • көмөк, жардам, көмөк берүү, жардам кылуу, жардам берүү, жардам көрсөтүүKyrgyz
  • auxilium, adiuvō, adiūtōLatin
  • Hëllef, hëllefenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ຊ່ອຍ, ຊ່ວຽLao
  • pagalba, padėtiLithuanian
  • palīgs, palīdzība, palīdze, palīdzēt, līdzētLatvian
  • помош, помошник, помошничка, помагаMacedonian
  • സഹായി, സഹായംMalayalam
  • тусламжMongolian
  • bantuan, pertolongan, bantu, tolongMalay
  • għajnunaMaltese
  • ကူညီ, ကူBurmese
  • मदत गर्नुNepali
  • hulp, helpenDutch
  • hjelp, hushjelp, hjelpe til med, hjelpe, hjelpe for, hjelpe til, bidra tilNorwegian
  • iilyeedNavajo, Navaho
  • aidar, ajudarOccitan
  • ӕххуыс кӕнынOssetian, Ossetic
  • pomoc domowa, pomoc, pomagaćPolish
  • auxílio, criado, ajuda, ajudante, criada, socorro, servente, socorrer, ajudarPortuguese
  • yanapayQuechua
  • güdar, gidar, güderRomansh
  • asistență, ajutoare, ajutor, asista, ajutaRomanian
  • помощь, помощница, помощник, помочь, помогатьRussian
  • agiudai, agiadai, agiuareSardinian
  • pȍmōć, pomòćnica, pomòćnīk, по̏мо̄ћ, pòmoći, pomágati, по̀моћи, пома́гатиSerbo-Croatian
  • උදව් කරනවාSinhala, Sinhalese
  • pomoc, pomôcť, pomáhaťSlovak
  • pomoč, pomočnik, pomagáč, gospodinjska pomočnica, pomagatiSlovene
  • shërbëtor, ndihmes, ndihmë, shërbëtore, asistent, kontriboAlbanian
  • bantosSundanese
  • hjälp, hjälpaSwedish
  • msaada, kusaidiaSwahili
  • உதவிTamil
  • సాయము, సహాయము, సాయం చేయు, సహాయపడుTelugu
  • комак, ёри, кумак кардан, ёри карданTajik
  • ความช่วยเหลือ, ช่วยเหลือ, ช่วยThai
  • kömek, ýardam, ýardam etmek, kömekleşmekTurkmen
  • tulong, tumulong, tulunganTagalog
  • yardım, yardımcı, yardım etmek, yardım etTurkish
  • ярдәм, ярдәм күрсәтергә, ярдәм итәргәTatar
  • допомога, допомогти, помагати, помогти, допомагатиUkrainian
  • مدد, مدد کرناUrdu
  • koʻmak, yordam, bermoq, yordamlashmoq, qarashmoq, yordam bermoqUzbek
  • hỗ trợ, giúp đỡ, trợ giúp, giúpVietnamese
  • yufVolapük
  • הילףYiddish
  • 帮帮我Chinese

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