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help

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verb \ˈhelp; Southern often ˈhep also ˈheəp\

Definition of help

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

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

  4. 3a :  to be of use to :  benefit will do anything to help their causeb :  to further the advancement of :  promote could help negotiations

  5. 4a :  to change for the betterb :  to refrain from :  avoid we couldn't help laughingc :  to keep from occurring :  prevent they couldn't help the accidentd :  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 take something for (oneself) without permission helped himself to the car keys

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

  10. 2 :  to be of use or benefit every little bit helps

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

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

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help

noun

Definition of help

  1. 1 :  aid, assistance trying to be of help

  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. 4a :  one who serves or assists another (as in housework) :  helperb :  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.

Origin and Etymology of help

see 1help


HELP Defined for English Language Learners

help

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verb

Definition of help for English Language Learners

  • : 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

help

noun

Definition of help for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


HELP Defined for Kids

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help

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verb \ˈhelp\

Definition of help for Students

helped

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helping

  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.

helper

\ˈhel-pər\ noun

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help

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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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