I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English helpan; akin to Old High German helfan to help, and perhaps to Lithuanian šelpti Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to give assistance or support to <
help a child with homework
2. a. to make more pleasant or bearable ; improve, relieve <
bright curtains will help the room
took an aspirin to help her headache
b. archaic rescue, save 3. a. to be of use to ; benefit b. to further the advancement of ; promote 4. a. to change for the better b. to refrain from ; avoid <
we couldn't help laughing
c. to keep from occurring ; prevent <
they couldn't help the accident
d. to restrain (oneself) from doing something <
knew they shouldn't go but couldn't help themselves
5. to serve with food or drink especially at a meal <
told the guests to help themselves
6. to appropriate something for (oneself) <
helped himself to the car keys
intransitive verb 1. give assistance or support — often used with out <
helps out with the housework
2. to be of use or benefit Synonyms: see improve II. noun Date: before 12th century 1. aid, assistance 2. a source of aid <
printed helps to the memory — C. S. Braden
3. remedy, relief <
there was no help for it
4. a. one who serves or assists another (as in housework) ; helper b. employee <
help wanted
— often used collectively <
the hired help

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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