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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.


Synonymsaid


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


Synonymsfacilitate


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


Synonymsserve


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


Synonymsavail


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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