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noun

  1. (activity)  the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
    Synonyms: aid, assist, assistance. Type of: activity
  2. (worker)  a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
    Synonyms: assistant, coadjutant [formal], helper, supporter, asst. [abbreviation]. Type of: worker
  3. (resource)  a resource
    Synonyms: aid, assistance. Type of: resource
  4. (helpfulness)  a means of serving
    Synonyms: avail, service. Type of: helpfulness

verb

  1. (support)  to give help or assistance; to be of service
    Synonyms: aid, assist. Type of: support
  2. (body verb)  to improve the condition of
    Synonyms: aid. Type of: better
  3. (facilitate)  to be of use
    Synonyms: facilitate. Type of: serve
  4. (refrain)  to abstain from doing; always used with a negative
    Synonyms: help oneself. Type of: refrain
  5. (provide)  to help to some food; to help with food or drink
    Synonyms: serve. Type of: provide. Similar to: serve up
  6. (promote)  to contribute to the furtherance of
    Type of: promote
  7. (exploit)  to take or use
    Synonyms: avail. Type of: exploit
  8. (change verb)  to change for the better
    Synonyms: improve. Type of: better

Etymology summary

[verb] Old English helpan (class III strong verb; past tense ... | [noun] Old...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

help | holp [archaic, dialect, past tense] | holpen [archaic, past participle] | aidance [synonym] | cannot help but [sense-specific] | help a person off with [sense-specific] | help a person on with [sense-specific] | so help me [sense-specific] | tr [synonym, sense-specific]

to assist or aid (someone to do something), especially by sharing the work, cost, or burden of something, | to alleviate the burden of (someone else) ... (25 of 879 words, 21 definitions, 26 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

help | helped [past tense] | helping [present participle] | helps [3rd-person singular present] | someone cannot/can't help it if | it cannot/can't be helped | not if someone can help it | cannot/can't help something | help yourself | ...

[intransitive/transitive] to give someone support or information so that they can do something more easily | [transitive] to support someone when they ... (21 of 584 words, 10 definitions, 22 usage examples, pronunciation)

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help [noun]

[uncountable] the process of helping someone or what you do to help someone | [singular, uncountable] a person or thing that helps ; a person or ... (25 of 177 words, 3 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciation)

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help [interjection]

used for asking for urgent help (6 of 33 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Help [disambiguation]

any form of assistance. Help may also refer to: Help (command), a command that invokes documentations and helping information | Online help, documentation that accompanies computer application software Context-sensitive help, a kind of online help that... (35 of 488 words, 36 definitions)

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Random House Dictionary:

help | holp [south-middle United States, southern United States, non-standard, past tense] | holpen [non-standard, past participle] | cannot or can't help but [sense-specific] | help oneself to [sense-specific] | help out [sense-specific] | so help me [sense-specific] | a hired helper [sense-specific] | employee [sense-specific] | ...

to give or provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a ... | to save; rescue; succor. | to make easier or less difficult; contribute ... (26 of 391 words, 23 definitions, 16 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

help | God | help someone on/off with | help someone to | help oneself | can/could not help | can/could not help oneself | a helping hand | so help me | ...

make it easier or possible for (someone) to do something by offering them one's services or resources | improve (a situation or problem); be of ... (24 of 389 words, 17 definitions, 23 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

help [entry 1, verb] | so help me | holp [dialect past] | holpen [dialect past participle] | improve [synonym, sense-specific] | promote [synonym, sense-specific] | rescue [synonym, sense-specific] | benefit [synonym, sense-specific] | avoid [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to give assistance or support to | to make more pleasant or bearable; "improve", "relieve" ; [archaic] "rescue", "save" | to be of use to; "benefit" ; ... (25 of 377 words, 9 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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help [entry 2, noun] | remedy [synonym, sense-specific] | aid [synonym, sense-specific] | helper [synonym, sense-specific] | assistance [synonym, sense-specific] | relief [synonym, sense-specific] | employee [synonym, sense-specific] | abetment [synonym, sense-specific] | assist [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"aid", "assistance" | a source of aid | "remedy", "relief" | one who serves or assists another (as in housework); "helper" ; "employee" [often used ... (22 of 166 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples)

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New World Dictionary:

help | holp [dialect, archaic] | holpen [dialect, archaic]

to make things easier or better for (a person); aid; assist; specifically, ... | to make it easier for (something) to exist, happen, develop, improve, ... (24 of 241 words, 10 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

help | helped [past tense] | holp [archaic, past tense] | holpen [archaic, past participle] | helping [present participle] | helps [3rd-person singular present] | aid [synonym, sense-specific] | assistance [synonym, sense-specific] | assist [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[uncountable] Action given to provide assistance; aid. | [uncountable] Something or someone which provide assistance with a task. | Documentation provided with computer software, etc. and accessed using the computer. | [uncountable] One or more people ... (33 of 235 words, 9 definitions, 20 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

help | helped [past tense] | helping [present participle] | helps [3rd-person singular present] | holp [archaic, past tense] | holpen [archaic, past participle]

To give assistance to; aid | To contribute to the furtherance of; promote. | To give relief to | To ease; relieve | To change for the better; improve ... (25 of 220 words, 14 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

help [entry 1]

to make it possible or easier for someone to do something, by doing part of the work yourself or by providing advice, money, support, etc | If ... (26 of 186 words, 3 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

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help [entry 2] | can't/couldn't help | can't help | couldn't help

If you can't/couldn't help something, such as acting in a particular way or making a particular remark, you are/were not able to control or stop it (26 of 63 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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help [entry 3]

to give something to someone or to take something for yourself (11 of 37 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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help [entry 4]

when someone helps another person | [singular] something or someone that helps | someone, usually a woman, who is employed to clean your house and do ... (24 of 75 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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help [entry 5] | Help!

shouted by a person who is asking for someone to come and save them from a dangerous situation (18 of 23 words, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

help | helps [plural] | helped [past tense] | helping [present participle]

to make it easier or possible for somebody to do something that one person cannot do alone by providing assistance | to provide somebody with advice, ... (25 of 537 words, 15 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861617340​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

help

First use: 1640s

Origin: [verb] Old English helpan (class III strong verb; past tense ... | [noun] Old English help (m.), helpe (f.) "assistance, succor"; see ... (22 of 220 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

help | helped [past tense] | holp [archaic, past tense] | holpen [archaic, past participle] | helping [present participle] | helps [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English help ("help, aid, assistance, relief"), from Proto-Germanic *hilpiz, ... | Middle English helpen, from Old English helpan ("to help, aid, assist, benefit, relieve, cure"), from... (29 of 99 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

help

Origin: Middle English helpen from Old English helpan, akin to German ... | Middle English from Old English from base of the verb; in United States, ... (24 of 48 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

help | God | help someone on/off with | help someone to | help oneself | can/could not help | can/could not help oneself

Origin: Old English helpan (verb), help (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch helpen and German helfen

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/help

Collins Dictionary:

help

Origin: Old English helpan; related to Old Norse hjalpa, Gothic hilpan, Old High German helfan

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American Heritage Dictionary:

help | helped [past tense] | helping [present participle] | helps [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English helpen, from Old English helpan.

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Merriam-Webster:

help [entry 1, verb]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English helpan; akin to Old High German helfan to help, and perhaps to Lithuanian Å¡elpti

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Encarta Dictionary:

help | helps [plural] | helped [past tense] | helping [present participle]

Origin: Old English helpan from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861617340​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

help | helped [past tense] | holp [archaic, past tense] | holpen [archaic, past participle] | helping [present participle] | helps [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "help"

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Collins Dictionary:

help

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

help | helped [past tense] | helping [present participle] | helps [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "help"

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help [noun]

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help [interjection]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

help [verb] | helped [past tense] | helping [present participle] | helps [3rd-person singular present]

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help [noun]

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help [interjection]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

help [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "help"

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help [entry 2]

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the Free Dictionary:

help

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Google Dictionary:

help | helps [plural] | helped [past tense] | helping [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "help"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

help

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YourDictionary Audio:

help

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freedictionary.org:

Help

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