help: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (help), [key]
- to give or provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need; contribute strength or means to; render assistance to; cooperate effectively with; aid; assist: He planned to help me with my work. Let me help you with those packages.
- to save; rescue; succor: Help me, I'm falling!
- to make easier or less difficult; contribute to; facilitate: The exercise of restraint is certain to help the achievement of peace.
- to be useful or profitable to: Her quick mind helped her career.
- to refrain from; avoid (usually prec. by can or cannot): He can't help doing it.
- to relieve or break the uniformity of: Small patches of bright color can help an otherwise dull interior.
- to relieve (someone) in need, sickness, pain, or distress.
- to remedy, stop, or prevent: Nothing will help my headache.
- to serve food to at table (usually fol. by to): Help her to salad.
- to serve or wait on (a customer), as in a store.
- to give aid; be of service or advantage: Every little bit helps.
- to be unable to refrain from or avoid; be obliged to: Still, you can't help but admire her.
- Help yourself to the cake.
- to serve oneself; take a portion of:Help yourself to the cake.
- to take or use without asking permission; appropriate:They helped themselves to the farmer's apples. Help yourself to any of the books we're giving away.
- to assist in an effort; be of aid to: Her relatives helped out when she became ill.
- (used as a mild form of the oath “so help me God”) I am speaking the truth; on my honor: That's exactly what happened, so help me.
- the act of helping; aid or assistance; relief or succor.
- a person or thing that helps: She certainly is a help in an emergency.
- a hired helper; employee.
- a body of such helpers.
- a domestic servant or a farm laborer.
- means of remedying, stopping, or preventing: The thing is done, and there is no help for it now.
- helping (def. 2).
- (used as an exclamation to call for assistance or to attract attention.)
- help (Thesaurus)