Definitions for: Help


[n] the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "he gave me an assist with the housework"; "could not walk without assistance"; "rescue party went to their aid"; "offered his help in unloading"
[n] a means of serving; "of no avail"; "there's no help for it"
[n] a resource; "visual aids in teaching"; "economic assistance to depressed areas"
[n] a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"
[v] improve the condition of; "These pills will help the patient"
[v] improve; change for the better; "New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture"
[v] help to some food; help with food or drink; "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"
[v] take or use; "She helped herself to some of the office supplies"
[v] 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"
[v] contribute to the furtherance of; "This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries"
[v] always used with a negative; "I can't help myself--I have to smoke"; "She could not help watching the sad spectacle"
[v] be of use; "This will help to prevent accidents"



Webster (1913) Definition: Help, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Helped(Obs. imp. Holp, p.
p. Holpen; p. pr. & vb. n. Helping.] [AS. helpan; akin to
OS. helpan, D. helpen, G. helfen, OHG. helfan, Icel.
hj[=a]lpa, 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.''


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.


Help, n. [AS. help; akin to D. hulp, G. h["u]lfe, hilfe,
Icel. hj[=a]lp, 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.]

Synonyms: aid, aid, aid, aid, assist, assist, assistance, assistance, assistant, avail, avail, facilitate, help oneself, helper, serve, service, supporter

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