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English noun: help

1. help (act) the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

SamplesHe gave me an assist with the housework.
Could not walk without assistance.
Rescue party went to their aid.
Offered his help in unloading.

Synonymsaid, assist, assistance

Broader (hypernym)activity

Narrower (hyponym)accommodation, boost, comfort, encouragement, facilitation, hand, helping hand, lift, ministration, recourse, refuge, relief, resort, self-help, service, succor, succour, support, thanks

2. help (person) a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

SamplesMy invaluable assistant.
They hired additional help to finish the work.

Synonymsassistant, helper, supporter

Broader (hypernym)worker

Narrower (hyponym)accomplice, actor's assistant, aide, attendant, attender, auxiliary, bat boy, birthing coach, cat's-paw, chief assistant, coadjutor, confederate, dental assistant, deputy, doula, dresser, enforcer, event planner, facilitator, fashion model, flower girl, foot soldier, girl Friday, hatchet man, instrument, labor coach, lieutenant, man Friday, manakin, manikin, mannequin, mannikin, model, model, monitrice, paraprofessional, pawn, poser, powder monkey, prompter, right-hand man, secretarial assistant, secretary, sidesman, subordinate, subsidiary, tender, theater prompter, underboss, underling, water boy, waterer, whipper-in

3. help (attribute) a resource

SamplesVisual aids in teaching.

Synonymsaid, assistance

Broader (hypernym)resource

4. help (attribute) a means of serving

SamplesOf no avail.
There's no help for it.

Synonymsavail, service

Broader (hypernym)helpfulness

English verb: help

1. help (social) give help or assistance; be of service

SamplesEveryone helped out during the earthquake.
Can you help me carry this table?.
She never helps around the house.

ExamplesThey help him to write the letter

Synonymsaid, assist

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)back up, support

Narrower (hyponym)alleviate, assist, attend, attend to, avail, benefact, bootstrap, care, ease, expedite, facilitate, give care, hasten, help out, serve, subserve, succor, succour, wait on

2. help (body) improve the condition of

SamplesThese pills will help the patient.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

Narrower (hyponym)benefit, bring around, cure, do good, heal

3. help (stative) be of use

SamplesThis will help to prevent accidents.

ExamplesSam cannot help Sue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
It ----s that CLAUSE.
Something ----s INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)serve

4. help (stative) abstain from doing; always used with a negative

SamplesI can't help myself--I have to smoke.
She could not help watching the sad spectacle.

Synonymshelp oneself

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Broader (hypernym)forbear, refrain

5. help (consumption) help to some food; help with food or drink

SamplesI served him three times, and after that he helped himself.

ExamplesSam cannot help Sue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)cater, ply, provide, supply

Verb groupdish, dish out, dish up, serve, serve up

6. help (social) contribute to the furtherance of

SamplesThis money will help the development of literacy in developing countries.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)advance, boost, encourage, further, promote

7. help (consumption) take or use

SamplesShe helped herself to some of the office supplies.

ExamplesThey help themselves


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)exploit, work

8. help (change) improve; change for the better

SamplesNew slipcovers will help the old living room furniture.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

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