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Explanation of help by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. improve the condition of

    2. These pills will help the patient
    3. improve

    4. New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture
    5. help to some food

    6. I served him three times, and after that he helped himself
    7. take or use

    8. She helped herself to some of the office supplies
    9. give help or assistance

    10. Everyone helped out during the earthquake
      Can you help me carry this table?
      She never helps around the house
    11. contribute to the furtherance of

    12. This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries
    13. abstain from doing

    14. I can't help myself--I have to smoke
      She could not help watching the sad spectacle
    15. be of use

    16. This will help to prevent accidents
    1. the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

    2. offered his help in unloading
    3. a means of serving

    4. there's no help for it
    5. a resource

    6. a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

    7. they hired additional help to finish the work

    Definition of help by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Help ( hĕlp ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Helped ( hĕlpt ) ( Obs. imp. Holp ( hōlp ), p. p. Holpen ( hōlp'n ) ); p. pr. & vb. n. Helping.] [AS. helpan; akin to OS. helpan, D. helpen, G. helfen, OHG. helfan, Icel. hjālpa, Sw. hjelpa, Dan. hielpe, Goth. hilpan; cf. Lith. szelpti, and Skr. klp to be fitting.]
      1. To furnish with strength or means for the successful performance of any action or the attainment of any object; to aid; to assist; as, “to help a man in his work; to help one to remember”; -- the following infinitive is commonly used without to; as, ““Help me scale yon balcony.”” Longfellow.

      2. To furnish with the means of deliverance from trouble; as, “to help one in distress; to help one out of prison.” “God help, poor souls, how idly do they talk!” Shak.

      3. To furnish with relief, as in pain or disease; to be of avail against; -- sometimes with of before a word designating the pain or disease, and sometimes having such a word for the direct object. “To help him of his blindness.”

      The true calamus helps coughs. Gerarde.

      4. To change for the better; to remedy.

      Cease to lament for what thou canst not help. Shak.

      5. To prevent; to hinder; as, the evil approaches, and who can help it? Swift.

      6. To forbear; to avoid.

      I can not help remarking the resemblance betwixt him and our author. Pope.

      7. To wait upon, as the guests at table, by carving and passing food.

      To help forward, to assist in advancing. -- To help off, to help to go or pass away, as time; to assist in removing. Locke. -- To help on, to forward; to promote by aid. -- To help out, to aid, as in delivering from a difficulty, or to aid in completing a design or task.

      The god of learning and of light

      Would want a god himself to help him out. Swift.

      -- To help over, to enable to surmount; as, “to help one over an obstacle”. -- To help to, to supply with; to furnish with; as, to help one to soup. -- To help up, to help ( one ) to get up; to assist in rising, as after a fall, and the like. “A man is well holp up that trusts to you.” Shak.

      Syn. -- To aid; assist; succor; relieve; serve; support; sustain; befriend. -- To Help, Aid, Assist. These words all agree in the idea of affording relief or support to a person under difficulties. Help turns attention especially to the source of relief. If I fall into a pit, I call for help; and he who helps me out does it by an act of his own. Aid turns attention to the other side, and supposes coöperation on the part of him who is relieved; as, he aided me in getting out of the pit; I got out by the aid of a ladder which he brought. Assist has a primary reference to relief afforded by a person who “stands by” in order to relieve. It denotes both help and aid. Thus, we say of a person who is weak, I assisted him upstairs, or, he mounted the stairs by my assistance. When help is used as a noun, it points less distinctively and exclusively to the source of relief, or, in other words, agrees more closely with aid. Thus we say, I got out of a pit by the help of my friend.

    2. Help v. i. To lend aid or assistance; to contribute strength or means; to avail or be of use; to assist.

      A generous present helps to persuade, as well as an agreeable person. Garth.

      To help out, to lend aid; to bring a supply.

    3. Help, n. [AS. help; akin to D. hulp, G. hülfe, hilfe, Icel. hjālp, Sw. hjelp, Dan. hielp. See Help, v. t.]

      1. Strength or means furnished toward promoting an object, or deliverance from difficulty or distress; aid; ^; also, the person or thing furnishing the aid; as, “he gave me a help of fifty dollars”.

      Give us help from trouble, for vain is the help of man. Ps. lx. 11.

      God is . . . a very present help in trouble. Ps. xlvi. 1.

      Virtue is a friend and a help to nature. South.

      2. Remedy; relief; as, “there is no help for it”.

      3. A helper; one hired to help another; also, thew hole force of hired helpers in any business.

      4. Specifically, a domestic servant, man or woman. [Local, U. S.]