help

help [help]
vt.
[ME helpen < OE helpan, akin to Ger helfen < IE base * k̑elb-, *elp-, to help > early Lith sělbinos, to aid]
1. to make things easier or better for (a person); aid; assist; specif.,
a) to give (one in need or trouble) something necessary, as relief, succor, money, etc. [to help the poor]
b) to do part of the work of; ease or share the labor of [to help someone lift a load]
c) to aid in getting (up, down, in, etc. or to, into, out of, etc.) [help her into the house]
2. to make it easier for (something) to exist, happen, develop, improve, etc.; specif.,
a) to make more effective, larger, more intense, etc.; aid the growth of; promote [a tax to help the schools]
b) to cause improvement in; remedy; alleviate; relieve [a medicine that helps a cold]
3.
a) to keep from; avoid [he can't help coughing]
b) to stop, prevent, change, etc. [a misfortune that can't be helped]
4. to serve or wait on (a customer, client, etc.)
vi.
1. to give assistance; be cooperative, useful, or beneficial
2. to act as a waiter, clerk, servant, etc.
n.
[ME < OE < base of the v.; in U.S., sense of “servant,” prob. a euphemism to avoid stigma of “serve”]
1. the act of helping or a thing that helps; aid; assistance
2. relief; cure; remedy
3.
a) a helper; esp., a hired helper, as a domestic servant, farmhand, etc.
b) hired helpers; employees
interj.
used to summon assistance, esp. urgently
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cannot help but
cannot fail to; be compelled or obliged to
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cannot help oneself
to be the victim of circumstances, a habit, etc.
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help oneself to
1. to serve or provide oneself with (food, etc.)
2. to take without asking or being given; steal
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help out
to help in getting or doing something; help
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so help me God or so help me
I swear
SYN.- HELP is the simplest and strongest of these words meaning to supply another with whatever is necessary to accomplish his or her ends or relieve his or her wants; AID and ASSIST are somewhat more formal and weaker, ASSIST esp. implying a subordinate role in the helper and less need for help [she assisted him in his experiments ]; SUCCOR suggests timely help to one in distress [to succor a besieged city ] -ANT. HINDER

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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