help

Definitions

  • A child helps mother carry firewood to the house
    A child helps mother carry firewood to the house
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v help improve the condition of "These pills will help the patient"
    • v help improve; change for the better "New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture"
    • v help help to some food; help with food or drink "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"
    • v help take or use "She helped herself to some of the office supplies"
    • v help 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"
    • v help contribute to the furtherance of "This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries"
    • v help 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"
    • v help be of use "This will help to prevent accidents"
    • n help 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"
    • n help a means of serving "of no avail","there's no help for it"
    • n help a resource "visual aids in teaching"
    • n help 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

PUSS ASKS HELP FOR HIS MASTER PUSS ASKS HELP FOR HIS MASTER
She herself helped Mytyl She herself helped Mytyl
CALLING FOR HELP CALLING FOR HELP
THE UNHAPPY DINER WHO HAS BEEN REFUSED A SECOND HELPING THE UNHAPPY DINER WHO HAS BEEN REFUSED A SECOND HELPING
The dwarf asks the girls to help free his beard The dwarf asks the girls to help free his beard
A girl helps her dog to pull the four-wheeled cart A girl helps her dog to pull the four-wheeled cart
A sailor helps his keeper give Saï his medicine A sailor helps his keeper give Saï his medicine
scout helping serior lady scout helping serior lady

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Smelling bananas can help a person lose weight
    • Help A helper; one hired to help another; also, thew hole force of hired helpers in any business.
    • Help Remedy; relief; as, there is no help for it.
    • Help Specifically, a domestic servant, man or woman.
    • Help 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.""God is . . . a very present help in trouble.""Virtue is a friend and a help to nature."
    • Help To change for the better; to remedy. "Cease to lament for what thou canst not help ."
    • Help To forbear; to avoid. "I can not help remarking the resemblance betwixt him and our author."
    • Help 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."
    • Help 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.”
    • Help 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!"
    • v. i Help 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."
    • Help To prevent; to hinder; as, the evil approaches, and who can help it?
    • Help To wait upon, as the guests at table, by carving and passing food.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptians used the spice Thyme to help preserve mummies
    • help To furnish aid to; contribute strength or means to; assist in doing, accomplishing, or attaining anything; assist; aid: as, to help a man in his work; to help one out of difficulties. See to help to, below.
    • help To bring succor or relief to; relieve; rescue.
    • help To mitigate, as pain or disease; heal, relieve, or comfort, as a person in pain or distress.
    • help To mend; repair.
    • help To change for the better; remedy: as, he cannot help his deformity.
    • help To prevent; avoid; forbear; keep or refrain from: with can or cannot.
    • help To increase; aggravate.
    • help To aid in going, removing, getting, etc.: with ellipsis of to go, to get, etc.: as, help me in (that is, help me to go in); help me off my horse.
    • help To give out in portions.
    • help To lend aid; be of use; avail.
    • help To serve or distribute food, as at table.
    • n help Assistance; aid given toward doing, accomplishing, or attaining anything, as labor, escape from danger or difficulty, discharge of obligations, etc.
    • n help Remedy; relief; succor; means of deliverance: as, failure is inevitable, there is no help for it.
    • n help A source of aid, relief, or succor; a helper.
    • n help Hence An assistant; a hired laborer or servant; especially, a domestic or household servant; collectively, servants or assistants; the supply of workers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Painting a house yellow or having a yellow trim helps in selling a house faster
    • v.t Help help to support: to assist: to mitigate: to give means for doing anything: to provide or supply with: to remedy: to prevent, to keep from
    • v.i Help to give assistance: to contribute:—pa.p. helped, (B.) hōlp′en
    • n Help means or strength given to another for a purpose: assistance: relief: one who assists:
    • n Help (Amer.) a hired servant, esp. a domestic
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Quotations

  • Johnson
    Johnson
    “No one will persist long in helping someone who will not help themselves.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Slow help is no help.”
  • Henry Ford
    Henry%20Ford
    “An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.”
  • Sioux Indian Prayer
    Sioux Indian Prayer
    “Great Spirit, help me never to judge another until I have walked in his moccasins.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “The law helps those who watch, not those who sleep.”
  • Sam Ervin
    Sam Ervin
    “A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. helpan,; akin to OS. helpan, D. helpen, G. helfen, OHG. helfan, Icel. hjālpa, Sw. hjelpa, Dan. hielpe, Goth. hilpan,; cf. Lith. szelpti, and Skr. klp, to be fitting

Usage

In literature:

So, sir, when Nancy asked me to help her, I helped with a will.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Not that she could help it; but no woman can help being hard on her rival's daughter.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The only help you give is helping Number One.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
How could she help or be helped, while this state of things lasted?
"The Chautauqua Girls At Home" by Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
It is an old saying that "God helps them who help themselves," and in the case of Lizzie Farnshaw the axiom became a living truth.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
Give yourself to prayer for help, expect help, and you will have it.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
She tried hard to help her father, and often she knew that she had helped him, but she longed to do more.
"Fireside Stories for Girls in Their Teens" by Margaret White Eggleston
Oh, dear Father, help me, help me!
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
Ther's jest Seth to foller us, an' if you ken help him out in this thing, same as you once helped me out, you're doin' a real fine thing.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
The other ships' boats would come to help.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
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In poetry:

"Be silent, wild birds!
While stare you so?
Stop laughing, rude waves,
And help me to go!
"The Rock And The Bubble" by Louisa May Alcott
What is to be will be,
We cannot help ourselves;
The waves ask not the sea
Where lies the shore that shelves.
"Inevitable" by Abram Joseph Ryan
I think the woman I preferred—
If I were such a man—
Might lean out helpfully across
My life's imperfect plan;
"A Woman's Mood" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Help me, my God, to speak
True words to Thee each day,
True let my voice be when I praise,
And trustful when I pray.
"Help Me, My God, To Speak" by Horatius Bonar
Lord, teach me, that I may teach
The things thou dost impart,
Help me and my wants to reach
The depths of many a heart.
"Magna est Veritas" by Frank Barbour Coffin
"Still and on, there's ae thing, Mally,
Yont yer help, my doo—
That's to haud my hert frae lo'in
At the hert o' you!"
"Ower The Hedge" by George MacDonald

In news:

Andrew Rothfeder took the time to help the Studers with their popular Pensacola Business Challenge, and with 112 initial applicants the help was certainly needed.
To take that a step further and really help the local economy, it helps to buy products made in Michigan.
Helping Hands: Joan Beller has helped Joe raise his reading skills to a sixth-grade level.
Checks out the new rules and regulations helping you save for retirement helping you save for retirement or college.
All month long NEWS CENTER is collecting coats to help kids in need around Maine and this year the campaign is once again getting some added help.
Many local parents are beginning to get some help from several new efforts to help them understand Autism and provide their child with the appropriate therapy.
Help the kids in our community get the care and treatment they need and deserve, at Georgia Health Sciences Children's Medical Center - your gift will help sick children achieve miracles.
A bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville also could help soften opposition by setting up a fund to help reimburse some companies for paid claims related to diagnosis and treatment of autism .
Springboard.org helps find solutions to help people stay in their homes and also provides credit debt consolidation options.
Thousands of volunteers help storm victims, more help needed.
A helping hand, whether it's offered by the US government or corporate and nonprofit charities, is meant to help people help themselves.
Boy Scout Troop 63 in Melissia, just outside of Barboursville, will have its annual Christmas tree sale to help fund summer camp and awards, and to help replace equipment lost in a 2011 flood.
INDIANAPOLIS On Thursday night on the IUPUI campus, Jonathan R Eller helped others do what he helped the late author Ray Bradbury do — look back at the golden years of the l. Need this information.
Students who need the most help to level the playing field are being served by teachers least able to give them the help they need, national and state researchers said.
Medical societies are emphasizing how physicians' practices help local and state economies as they seek recruiting help and financial incentives.
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In science:

In addition, the large target mass helps to reduce statistical uncertainties.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
The helpful of this exchange of signs will be letter seen in following expressions (5) of ˆrj and (6) of ˆpj .
Physical model of Schrodinger's electron. Heisenberg convenient way for description of its quantum behaviour
There will also be contextsensitive help in the sense of hyper-links from web forms to relevant pages of the help system.
A GRB Tool Shed
Trott to 5 very simple integrals, hopefully it will help in tetrahedron-in-cube problem as well.
Random triangle problem: geometrical approach
The distribution of the averaged intensity for the beam propagating in a random magnetic field can be found with the help of Eq.(5.2).
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
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