What does help mean?

Definitions for help
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word help.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. aid, assist, assistance, helpnoun

    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, supporternoun

    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, helpnoun

    a resource

    "visual aids in teaching"

  4. avail, help, serviceverb

    a means of serving

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

  5. help, assist, aidverb

    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, aidverb

    improve the condition of

    "These pills will help the patient"

  7. help, facilitateverb

    be of use

    "This will help to prevent accidents"

  8. help oneself, helpverb

    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, helpverb

    help to some food; help with food or drink

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

  10. helpverb

    contribute to the furtherance of

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

  11. avail, helpverb

    take or use

    "She helped herself to some of the office supplies"

  12. helpverb

    improve; change for the better

    "New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Helpverb

    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. Helpverb

    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. Helpverb

    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. Helpverb

    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. Helpverb

    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. Helpverb

    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. Helpverb

    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. Helpverb

    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. Helpverb

    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. Helpverb

    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. Helpverb

    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. Helpverb

    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

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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. Bakr Abdel-Wahab:

    We have spoken to Egyptian and foreign companies working in the local market which have projects that need capital. We will provide them with the capital and help them to manage, we are initially targeting projects of around 500 megawatts of solar and wind energy in Egypt.

  2. Alfred Sacchetti:

    You can't put an ad in a paper that says,' OK, everybody is going help a person who's choking this way for a week,'.

  3. Steven Macias:

    The goal is to help them create positive childhood memories with their siblings.

  4. Marcus Lamb:

    You cant silence the life-changing truth of the Gospel, from the ashes of this tragedy, we will rise up with help from our partners around the globe and continue reaching across Israel to share Gods love and forgiveness. My prayer is that this message touches the person responsible for this incident and he embraces the hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.

  5. Jordan Poole:

    It's not just to save the place for its own sake but... to help a community and be a part of that community and to reawaken a community that was really and truly almost dead just a couple years ago.

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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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