help1 W1S1 [help] v
[: Old English; Origin: helpan]
1.) [I and T]
to make it possible or easier for someone to do something by doing part of their work or by giving them something they need
If there's anything I can do to help, just give me a call.
help sb (to) do sth
I helped her to carry her cases up the stairs.
She helped him choose some new clothes.
herbal products that help you to relax and sleep
help (to) do sth
She was coming to help clean the machines.
help sb with sth
Can I help you with the washing up?
My father said he's going to help me with the fees.
help sb on/off with sth
(=help someone put on or take off a piece of clothing)
Here, let me help you on with your coat.
help sb somewhere
(=help someone get to a particular place, especially because they are old, ill, or hurt)
She helped the old man across the road.
2.) [I and T]
to make a situation better, easier, or less painful
Crying won't help.
If you get rid of your car you could be helping the environment.
It helps my concentration if I listen to music while I'm working.
It helped a lot to know that someone understood how I felt.
Eight hours of deep sleep helped enormously .
3.) help yourself (to sth)
a) to take some of what you want, without asking permission - used especially when offering food to someone
Please help yourself to some cake.
b) informal to steal something
Obviously he had been helping himself to the money.
4.) Help!
spoken used to call people and ask them to help you when you are in danger
5.) sb can't help (doing) sth also sb can't help but do sth
used to say that someone is unable to change their behaviour or feelings, or to prevent themselves from doing something
She couldn't help it if she was being irrational.
'Stop biting your nails.' 'I can't help it .'
I can't help the way I feel about you.
Lee could not help but agree with her.
sb can't help feeling/thinking/wondering etc sth
I can't help feeling that there has been a mistake.
I couldn't help thinking about the past.
6.) I couldn't help myself/she couldn't help herself etc
to be unable to stop yourself from doing something you should not do
She knew she sounded just like her mother but she couldn't help herself.
7.) it can't be helped
spoken used to say that there is nothing you can do to change a bad situation
She said she had to leave him for a while; it couldn't be helped.
8.) sb is helping the police with their enquiries
BrE the police are interviewing someone about a crime, especially because they believe that this person may have committed the crime
9.) a helping hand
help and support
give/lend/offer etc sb a helping hand
She's been giving me a helping hand with the children.
10.) not if I can help it
spoken used to say that you are not going to do something
'Are you going to watch the school play?' 'Not if I can help it.'
11.) God help him/them etc
spoken used to say that something bad may happen to someone
'Good luck.' 'God help me. I think I'm going to need it.'
12.) so help me (God)
used when making a serious promise, especially in a court of law
help along [help sth<=>along] phr v
to make a process or activity happen more quickly or easily
She asked a few questions to help the conversation along.
help out phr v
to help someone because they are busy or have problems
Do you need anyone to help out in the shop?
help sb<=>out (with sth)
I helped her out when Stella became ill.
She was helping him out with his mortgage repayments.
WORD CHOICE: help, assist, give somebody a hand, lend a hand, help out
Help is the most general verb meaning 'to make it possible or easier for someone to do something'.: Note that in the patterns help to do something
or help someone to do something you can leave out the 'to' and say help do something or help someone do something : Cleaner water will help prevent disease. |money to help people build new homes.
Assist is a formal word, and means to help someone by doing part of the work for them, especially the things that are not very important : Would you be kind enough to assist me in a small experiment?
!! Do not say 'assist someone to do something'. Say assist someone with something or assist someone in doing something.
!! Do not use assist to mean 'attend' or 'be present at'.
Give somebody a hand, lend a hand, and help out are used in more informal English. Give somebody a hand means to help someone, especially by carrying or lifting things : Can you give me a hand stacking up these boxes? Lend a hand and help out mean to help someone, especially when there are not enough people to do something : Police came from other areas to lend a hand. | Their friends helped out with the fundraising.
help 2
help2 W1S1 n
1.) [U]
things you do to make it easier or possible for someone to do something
Thank you for all your help.
help with
Do you want any help with the washing-up?
Old people may need help decorating their homes.
Ask for help if necessary.
with the help of sb/with sb's help
We manage, with the help of a nurse who comes daily.
I get a lot of help and I'm really grateful.
She screamed at them to go and get help.
2.) [singular, U]
if someone or something is a help to you, they are useful and make it easier for you to do something
That map isn't much help.
with the help of sth
I managed to make myself understood with the help of a phrase book.
be of great/little/no/some etc help (to sb)
Let me know if I can be of any help to you.
be a (great/big/tremendous/real etc) help (to sb)
Any information would be a great help.
You've been a real help to me, Carrie.
3.) [U]
advice, treatment, information, or money which is given to people who need it
A lot of these children need professional help.
help with
You may be able to ask for help with the rent.
We received no help from the police.
4.) [U]
a part of a computer program that helps someone using it by giving additional information
5.) the help
AmE someone's servant or servants

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