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help

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of help

  1. 1 an act or instance of helping <I could use your help getting this tire back on the car> Synonyms abetment, aid, assist, assistance, backing, boost, hand, helping hand, leg up, lift, support Related Words advancement, encouragement, facilitation, forwarding, furtherance, furthering, nurturance; benefaction, patronage, promotion, sponsorship; advice, care, counsel, guidance, mentoring; attendance, attention, hand-holding, service; beneficence, charity, favor, kindness, philanthropy; assuagement, palliation, relief, succor Near Antonyms constraint, frustration, inhibition, interference, obstruction, repression, restraint; deterrence, discouragement Antonyms hindrance

  2. 2 a thing that helps <the computer is a great help for writing reports> Synonyms advantage, aid, asset, benefit, boon Related Words hand, lift, pick-me-up; support, sustenance; blessing, godsend, windfall; recourse, refuge, resort, resource Near Antonyms constraint, inhibitor, liability, obstacle, obstruction, restraint, stranglehold Antonyms disadvantage, drawback, encumbrance, hindrance, impediment, minus

  3. 3 a body of persons at work or available for work <it's so hard to get good help these days> Synonyms force, labor force, manpower, personnel, pool, staff, workforceRelated Words labor, proletariat, rank and file; band, company, crew, gang, outfit, party, squad, team; employee (also employe), helper, hireling, worker; blood; support




help

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of help

  1. 1 to provide (someone) with what is useful or necessary to achieve an end <offered to help her widowed father when he moved into an apartment> Synonyms abet, aid, assist, back, backstop, prop (up), support Related Words advance, ease, facilitate, forward, foster, further, launch; champion, endorse (also indorse), patronize, promote, sponsor; attend, care (for), comfort, minister (to), succor; sustain; bolster, boost, buttress, reinforce (also reenforce); advise, counsel, guide, mentor, nurture; bail out, deliver, rescue, save; embolden, encourage, hearten; benefit, favor, oblige, profit, serve Phrases bear a hand, to stand one in good stead Near Antonyms balk, bar, block, constrain, hamper, handicap, hold back, impede, inhibit, obstruct, restrain, strangle; baffle, foil, frustrate, inconvenience, interfere, oppose, sabotage, thwart; desert, disappoint, fail, let down; discourage, dishearten; repress, retard, stifle, straiten, stunt; damage, harm, hurt, injure Antonyms hinder

  2. 2 to make more bearable or less severe <the new ointment didn't help Josh's sunburn one bit> Synonyms allay, alleviate, assuage, ease, mitigate, mollify, palliate, relieve, soothe Related Words abate, lighten, moderate, soften, temper; cure, heal, remedy; amend, correct, emend, fix, mend, rectify, reform, repair; ameliorate, better, enhance, enrich, improve, meliorate, perfect, refine Near Antonyms harm, hurt, impair, injure; heighten, intensify, sharpen Antonyms aggravate, exacerbate

  3. 3 to keep from happening by taking action in advance <they couldn't help the way things turned out> Synonyms avert, forestall, head off, prevent, obviate, preclude, stave offRelated Words anticipate, provide; negate, neutralize, nullify; save; baffle, balk, checkmate, deter, foil, frustrate, thwart; bar, block, hamper, hinder, impede, interfere (with), retard, stall; deflect, fend (off), stop, ward (off); avoid, circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, escape, eschew, evade, shake, shirk, shun; forbid, inhibit, prohibit; arrest, check, halt, stop; compensate (for), counteract, counterbalance, make up (for), offsetNear Antonyms abet, aid, assist; ease, facilitate, smooth, unclog; advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nurture, promote; allow, leave, let, permit

  4. 4 to provide with something useful or desirable <being independently wealthy certainly helped him during his years as a struggling young artist> Synonyms advantage, avail, benefit, profit, serveRelated Words succeed, work (for); aid, assist; better, improve; content, delight, gladden, gratify, please, satisfy; blessNear Antonyms hinder, impede; damage, harm, hurt, impair, injure; afflict, distress, upset

  5. 5 to make better <some minor revisions would help this essay immensely> Synonyms ameliorate, amend, better, enhance, enrich, improve, meliorate, perfect, refine, upgradeRelated Words correct, emend, rectify, reform, remediate, remedy; edit, fine-tune, redraft, refurbish, rehab, rehabilitate, revamp, revise, rework; beef (up), boost, fortify, intensify, reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; fine, hone, polish; retouch, touch upNear Antonyms damage, endamage, harm, hurt, impair, injure, spoil, tarnish, vitiate; blemish, blight, deface, disfigure, flaw, mar; diminish, lessen, lower, reduceAntonyms worsen




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