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Definition of 'help'


  1. 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"
       Synonyms: aid assist assistance
  2. a resource; "visual aids in teaching"; "economic assistance to depressed areas"
       Synonyms: aid assistance
  3. a means of serving; "of no avail"; "there's no help for it"
       Synonyms: avail service
  4. 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"
       Synonyms: assistant helper supporter


  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"
       Synonyms: assist aid
  2. be of use; "This will help to prevent accidents"
       Synonyms: facilitate
  3. improve the condition of; "These pills will help the patient"
       Synonyms: aid
  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"
       Synonyms: help oneself
  5. contribute to the furtherance of; "This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries"
  6. improve; change for the better; "New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture"
  7. help to some food; help with food or drink; "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"
       Synonyms: serve
  8. take or use; "She helped herself to some of the office supplies"
       Synonyms: avail

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