see also: HELP
Pronunciation Noun

help (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) Action given to provide assistance; aid.
    I need some help with my homework.
  2. (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.
  3. Documentation provided with computer software, etc. and accessed using the computer.
    I can't find anything in the help about rotating an image.
  4. (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.
  5. (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.”
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: aide
  • German: Hilfe
  • Portuguese: arquivo de ajuda

help (helps, present participle helping; past helped, past participle helped)

  1. (transitive) To provide assistance to (someone or something).
    He helped his grandfather cook breakfast.
  2. (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.
  3. (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.
  4. (intransitive) To provide assistance.
    She was struggling with the groceries, so I offered to help.
    Please, help!
  5. (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.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations Interjection
  1. A cry of distress or an urgent request for assistance
    — Take that, you scoundrel.
    Help! Robin, help!
    (Robin Hood (1973))

help (uncountable)

  1. 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.

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