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
Examples of help in a Sentence
Don't blame me: I was only trying to help! Help! Somebody call the police!
She took an aspirin to help her headache.
Humor often helps a tense situation.
It's not much money, but every little bit helps. Noun
He thanked us for our help.
I could use some help with the dishes.
We could hear shouts for help coming from the house.
He's been more of a hindrance than a help. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
These steps will help match you with a child or sibling group that your family will fit well with.—BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2023 Also, the gauge of the metal (thickness) can help determine the durability of a wok over time.—L.a. Hubilla, Peoplemag, 10 Sep. 2023 Vos, who was college roommates with Reince Priebus, one of Trump’s former White House chiefs of staff, joined the legislature in 2005 and rose to prominence a few years later by helping to pass Act 10, a law that demolished collective-bargaining rights for public employees in the state.—Dan Kaufman, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2023 Nevertheless, the discoveries helped lead to the creation of a new national holiday in Canada, Truth and Reconciliation Day, according to the National Post Report, while Canadian flags were ordered to be kept at half-mast for a record-breaking five consecutive months.—Michael Lee, Fox News, 10 Sep. 2023 Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson provided the vast majority of them, but Kyle Busch, Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are among the stars of the sport that have helped drive the win total ever higher.—Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 10 Sep. 2023 Essentially, drinking adequate amounts of cow's milk helps your child grow and reach their full height.8
Dairy also contains vitamin A, which helps to promote healthy vision and immune function.—Erin Smith, Parents, 10 Sep. 2023 Five unemployed late-night hosts have joined forces to help their shows' employees during Hollywood's dual strikes by writers and actors.—Kimi Robinson, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2023 Miller got a job at 16 for Bausch and Lomb in London to help support his family.—Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 30 Aug. 2023
But in the meantime, those who know her are left to ponder an illness that appears to have consumed the caring mother, in spite of her efforts to get help.—Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Feb. 2023 Police departments in Carroll County could get help from the state with funding the high cost of outfitting officers with body cameras, if a bill introduced in the Maryland General Assembly is passed.—Sherry Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 12 Feb. 2023 The two agreed that Bauman should get help at a sobering center.—Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2023 Taxpayers can get free help from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 11, March 11, April 8 and May 13 in such offices in dozens of states and the District of Columbia.—Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2023 There are several ways to get help filing your taxes.—Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez, The Courier-Journal, 6 Feb. 2023 That’s when content teams should get some help from AI tools in handling the details.—John Hall, Forbes, 5 Feb. 2023 How to get help: In the US, call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.—Nectar Gan, CNN, 2 Feb. 2023 But the humans get help from an unusual ally: wild bottlenose dolphins.—Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2023 See More
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Verb and Noun
Middle English, from Old English helpan; akin to Old High German helfan to help, and perhaps to Lithuanian šelpti