help /ˈhɛlp; ||ˈhɛp ||ˈhɛəp/
Help v. t. [imp. & p. p. Helped (Obs. imp. Holp p. p. Holpen ); p. pr. & vb. n. Helping.]
1. To furnish with strength or means for the successful performance of any action or the attainment of any object; to aid; to assist; as, to help a man in his work; to help one to remember; -- the following infinitive is commonly used without to; as, “Help me scale yon balcony.”
2. To furnish with the means of deliverance from trouble; as, to help one in distress; to help one out of prison. “God help, poor souls, how idly do they talk!”
3. To furnish with relief, as in pain or disease; to be of avail against; -- sometimes with of before a word designating the pain or disease, and sometimes having such a word for the direct object. “To help him of his blindness.”
The true calamus helps coughs. --Gerarde.
4. To change for the better; to remedy.
Cease to lament for what thou canst not help. --Shak.
5. To prevent; to hinder; as, the evil approaches, and who can help it?
6. To forbear; to avoid.
I can not help remarking the resemblance betwixt him and our author. --Pope.
7. To wait upon, as the guests at table, by carving and passing food.
To help forward, to assist in advancing.
To help off, to help to go or pass away, as time; to assist in removing. --Locke.
To help on, to forward; to promote by aid.
To help out, to aid, as in delivering from a difficulty, or to aid in completing a design or task.
The god of learning and of light
Would want a god himself to help him out. --Swift.
-- To help over, to enable to surmount; as, to help one over an obstacle.
To help to, to supply with; to furnish with; as, to help one to soup.
To help up, to help (one) to get up; to assist in rising, as after a fall, and the like. “A man is well holp up that trusts to you.” --Shak.
Syn: -- To aid; assist; succor; relieve; serve; support; sustain; befriend.
Usage: -- To Help, Aid, Assist. These words all agree in the idea of affording relief or support to a person under difficulties. Help turns attention especially to the source of relief. If I fall into a pit, I call for help; and he who helps me out does it by an act of his own. Aid turns attention to the other side, and supposes coöperation on the part of him who is relieved; as, he aided me in getting out of the pit; I got out by the aid of a ladder which he brought. Assist has a primary reference to relief afforded by a person who “stands by” in order to relieve. It denotes both help and aid. Thus, we say of a person who is weak, I assisted him upstairs, or, he mounted the stairs by my assistance. When help is used as a noun, it points less distinctively and exclusively to the source of relief, or, in other words, agrees more closely with aid. Thus we say, I got out of a pit by the help of my friend.
Help v. i. To lend aid or assistance; to contribute strength or means; to avail or be of use; to assist.
A generous present helps to persuade, as well as an agreeable person. --Garth.
To help out, to lend aid; to bring a supply.
1. Strength or means furnished toward promoting an object, or deliverance from difficulty or distress; aid; ^; also, the person or thing furnishing the aid; as, he gave me a help of fifty dollars.
Give us help from trouble, for vain is the help of man. --Ps. lx. 11.
God is . . . a very present help in trouble. --Ps. xlvi. 1.
Virtue is a friend and a help to nature. --South.
2. Remedy; relief; as, there is no help for it.
3. A helper; one hired to help another; also, thew hole force of hired helpers in any business.
4. Specifically, a domestic servant, man or woman. [Local, U. S.]
n 1: the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or
furtherance of an effort or purpose; "he gave me an
assist with the housework"; "could not walk without
assistance"; "rescue party went to their aid"; "offered
his help in unloading" [syn: aid, assist, assistance]
2: a resource; "visual aids in teaching"; "economic assistance
to depressed areas" [syn: aid, assistance]
3: a means of serving; "of no avail"; "there's no help for it"
[syn: avail, service]
4: a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or
furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable
assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the
work" [syn: assistant, helper, supporter]
v 1: give help or assistance; be of service; "Everyone helped out
during the earthquake"; "Can you help me carry this
table?"; "She never helps around the house" [syn: assist,
2: be of use; "This will help to prevent accidents" [syn: facilitate]
3: improve the condition of; "These pills will help the
patient" [syn: aid]
4: abstain from doing; always used with a negative; "I can't
help myself--I have to smoke"; "She could not help
watching the sad spectacle" [syn: help oneself]
5: contribute to the furtherance of; "This money will help the
development of literacy in developing countries"
6: improve; change for the better; "New slipcovers will help
the old living room furniture"
7: help to some food; help with food or drink; "I served him
three times, and after that he helped himself" [syn: serve]
8: take or use; "She helped herself to some of the office
supplies" [syn: avail]