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Meaning & Definition of Help in English

English

Help

/hɛlp/

noun

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"
    synonym:
  • aid
  • ,
  • assist
  • ,
  • assistance
  • ,
  • help

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • assistant
  • ,
  • helper
  • ,
  • help
  • ,
  • supporter

3. A resource

  • "Visual aids in teaching"
    synonym:
  • aid
  • ,
  • assistance
  • ,
  • help

4. A means of serving

  • "Of no avail"
  • "There's no help for it"
    synonym:
  • avail
  • ,
  • help
  • ,
  • service

verb

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"
    synonym:
  • help
  • ,
  • assist
  • ,
  • aid

2. Improve the condition of

  • "These pills will help the patient"
    synonym:
  • help
  • ,
  • aid

3. Be of use

  • "This will help to prevent accidents"
    synonym:
  • help
  • ,
  • facilitate

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"
    synonym:
  • help oneself
  • ,
  • help

5. Help to some food

  • Help with food or drink
  • "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"
    synonym:
  • serve
  • ,
  • help

6. Contribute to the furtherance of

  • "This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries"
    synonym:
  • help

7. Take or use

  • "She helped herself to some of the office supplies"
    synonym:
  • avail
  • ,
  • help

8. Improve

  • Change for the better
  • "New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture"
    synonym:
  • help

Examples of using

There's nothing you can do to help her.
There's nothing you can do to help him.
There's nothing I can do to help her.