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verb \ˈhelp; Southern often ˈhep also ˈheəp\

Simple Definition of help

  • : to do something that makes it easier for someone to do a job, to deal with a problem, etc. : to aid or assist someone

  • : to make something less severe : to make something more pleasant or easier to deal with

  • : to give (yourself or another person) food or drink

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of help

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give assistance or support to <help a child with homework>

  3. 2 a :  to make more pleasant or bearable :  improve, relieve <bright curtains will help the room> <took an aspirin to help her headache> b archaic :  rescue, save

  4. 3 a :  to be of use to :  benefit b :  to further the advancement of :  promote

  5. 4 a :  to change for the better b :  to refrain from :  avoid <we couldn't help laughing> c :  to keep from occurring :  prevent <they couldn't help the accident> d :  to restrain (oneself) from doing something <knew they shouldn't go but couldn't help themselves>

  6. 5 :  to serve with food or drink especially at a meal <told the guests to help themselves>

  7. 6 :  to appropriate something for (oneself) <helped himself to the car keys>

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  give assistance or support —often used with out <helps out with the housework>

  10. 2 :  to be of use or benefit

so help me

  1. :  upon my word :  believe it or not

Examples of help in a sentence

  1. Don't blame me: I was only trying to help!

  2. Help! Somebody call the police!

  3. She took an aspirin to help her headache.

  4. Humor often helps a tense situation.

  5. It's not much money, but every little bit helps.

Origin and Etymology of help

Middle English, from Old English helpan; akin to Old High German helfan to help, and perhaps to Lithuanian šelpti

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of help

improve, better, help, ameliorate mean to make more acceptable or to bring nearer a standard. improve and better are general and interchangeable and apply to what can be made better whether it is good or bad <measures to further improve the quality of medical care> <immigrants hoping to better their lot>. help implies a bettering that still leaves room for improvement <a coat of paint would help that house>. ameliorate implies making more tolerable or acceptable conditions that are hard to endure <tried to ameliorate the lives of people in the tenements>.




Simple Definition of help

  • : activities or efforts that make it easier to do a job, deal with a problem, etc.

  • : something (such as money or advice) that is given to someone who needs it

  • : someone or something that makes it easier to do a job, deal with a problem, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of help

  1. 1 :  aid, assistance

  2. 2 :  a source of aid <printed helps to the memory — C. S. Braden>

  3. 3 :  remedy, relief <there was no help for it>

  4. 4 a :  one who serves or assists another (as in housework) :  helper b :  employee <help wanted> —often used collectively <the hired help>

Examples of help in a sentence

  1. He thanked us for our help.

  2. I could use some help with the dishes.

  3. We could hear shouts for help coming from the house.

  4. He's been more of a hindrance than a help.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of help

before 12th century

HELP Defined for Kids



verb \ˈhelp\

Definition of help for Students



  1. 1 :  to provide with what is useful in achieving an end

  2. 2 :  to give relief from pain or disease <Did the medicine help?>

  3. 3 :  prevent 1 <I couldn't help laughing.>

  4. 4 :  1serve 1 <Help yourself to more.>


\ˈhel-pər\ noun




Definition of help for Students

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of helping :  aid <I need your help.>

  2. 2 :  the fact of being useful or helpful <She's not much help.>

  3. 3 :  the ability to be helped <We are beyond help.>

  4. 4 :  a person or a thing that helps <You've been a real help.>

  5. 5 :  a body of hired helpers

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