help meaning

[ help ] Pronunciation:   "help" in a sentence
Verb: help  help
  1. 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"
    - assist, aid 
  2. Improve the condition of
    "These pills will help the patient"
    - aid 
  3. Be of use
    "This will help to prevent accidents"
    - facilitate 
  4. 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"
    - help oneself 
  5. Help to some food; help with food or drink
    "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"
    - serve 
  6. Contribute to the furtherance of
    "This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries" 
  7. Take or use
    "She helped herself to some of the office supplies"
    - avail 
  8. Improve; change for the better
    "New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture"
Noun: help  help
  1. The activity of contributing to the fulfilment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
    "offered his help in unloading"
    - aid, assist, assistance 
  2. A person who contributes to the fulfilment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
    "they hired additional help to finish the work"
    - assistant, helper, supporter 
  3. A resource
    - aid, assistance 
  4. A means of serving
    "there's no help for it"
    - avail, service

Derived forms: helping, helps, helped

See also: helper, helping

Type of: activity, advance, ameliorate, amend, back up, better, boost, cater, encourage, exploit, forbear, further, helpfulness, improve, meliorate, ply, promote, provide, refrain, resource, serve, supply, support, work, worker

Encyclopedia: Help

1. <language, robotics> DEA. A Language for industrial robots.

2. (Help Est un Lisp Paresseux - Help Is a Lazy Lisp). A lazy version of Scheme with strictness annotations, by Thomas Schiex


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  1. he had been too proud to ask for help.
  2. i will help you for your sister 's sake.
  3. there was no help for it but to yield again.
  4. you may ask anybody here for help.
  5. no help from a trim device is assumed.

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