- (uncountable) Action given to provide assistance; aid.
- I need some help with my homework.
- (usually, uncountable) Something or someone which provides assistance with a task.
- He was a great help to me when I was moving house.
- I've printed out a list of math helps.
- Documentation provided with computer software, etc. and accessed using the computer.
- I can't find anything in the help about rotating an image.
- (usually, uncountable) One or more people employed to help in the maintenance of a house or the operation of a farm or enterprise.
- The help is coming round this morning to clean.
- Most of the hired help is seasonal, for the harvest.
- (uncountable) Correction of deficits, as by psychological counseling or medication or social support or remedial training.
- His suicide attempts were a cry for help.
- He really needs help in handling customer complaints.
- “He’s a real road-rager.” / “Yup, he really needs help, maybe anger management.”
- French: aide, secours
- German: Hilfe
- Italian: aiuto, ausilio
- Portuguese: ajuda, socorro, auxílio
- Russian: по́мощь
- Spanish: ayuda, socorro, auxilio
help (helps, present participle helping; past helped, past participle helped)
- (transitive) To provide assistance to (someone or something).
- He helped his grandfather cook breakfast.
- (transitive) To assist (a person) in getting something, especially food or drink at table; used with to.
- It is polite to help your guests to food before serving yourself.
- Help yourself to whatever's in the fridge.
- (transitive) To contribute in some way to.
- The white paint on the walls helps make the room look brighter.
- If you want to get a job, it helps to have some prior experience.
- (intransitive) To provide assistance.
- She was struggling with the groceries, so I offered to help.
- Please, help!
- (transitive) To avoid; to prevent; to refrain from; to restrain (oneself). Usually used in nonassertive contexts with can.
- We couldn’t help noticing that you were late.
- We couldn’t help but notice that you were late.
- She’s trying not to smile, but she can’t help herself.
- Can I help it if I'm so beautiful?
- Can I help it that I fell in love with you?
- Are they going to beat us? Not if I can help it!
- She never does more than she can help.
- (provide assistance to) aid, assist, come to someone's aid, help out; See also Thesaurus:help
- (contribute in some way to) contribute to
- (provide assistance) assist; See also Thesaurus:assist
- French: aider, secourir
- German: helfen
- Italian: aiutare
- Portuguese: ajudar, socorrer
- Russian: помога́ть
- Spanish: ayudar
- A cry of distress or an urgent request for assistance
- — Take that, you scoundrel.
— Help! Robin, help! (Robin Hood (1973))
- — Take that, you scoundrel.
- French: au secours, à l’aide, à moi, à nous
- German: Hilfe, zu Hilfe
- Italian: aiuto
- Portuguese: socorro
- Russian: помоги́те
- Spanish: socorro, auxilio
- Initialism of heat escape lessening position: a crouching position with the knees held close to the chest, used to conserve body heat in cold water.