i can't help myself meaning, i can't help myself definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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help  

  ( helps    3rd person present)   ( helping    present participle)   ( helped    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you help someone, you make it easier for them to do something, for example by doing part of the work for them or by giving them advice or money.  
He has helped to raise a lot of money...      V to-inf/inf  
You can of course help by giving them a donation directly...      V  
If you're not willing to help me, I'll find somebody who will.      V n  
      Help is also a noun., n-uncount   (=assistance)  
Thanks very much for your help..., Always ask the pharmacist for help...     
2       verb   If you say that something helps, you mean that it makes something easier to do or get, or that it improves a situation to some extent.  
The right style of swimsuit can help to hide, minimise or emphasise what you want it to...      V to-inf/inf  
Building more motorways and by-passes will help the environment by reducing pollution and traffic jams in towns and cities...      V n  
Understanding these rare molecules will help chemists to find out what is achievable...      V n to-inf/inf  
I could cook your supper, though, if that would help.      V  
3       verb   If you help someone go somewhere or move in some way, you give them support so that they can move more easily.  
Martin helped Tanya over the rail...      V n prep/adv  
She helped her sit up in bed so she could hold her baby.      V n inf/to-inf  
4       n-sing   If you say that someone or something has been a help or has been some help, you mean that they have helped you to solve a problem.  
a N, also no det  
The books were not much help.     
5       n-uncount   Help is action taken to rescue a person who is in danger. You shout `help!' when you are in danger in order to attract someone's attention so that they can come and rescue you.  
He was screaming for help..., `Help!' I screamed, turning to run.     
6       n-uncount   In computing, help, or the help menu, is a file that gives you information and advice, for example about how to use a particular program.     (COMPUTING)  
If you get stuck, click on Help.     
7       verb   If you helpyourselfto something, you serve yourself or you take it for yourself. If someone tells you to helpyourself, they are telling you politely to serve yourself anything you want or to take anything you want.  
There's bread on the table. Help yourself...      V pron-refl  
Just help yourself to leaflets.      V pron-refl to n  
8       verb   If someone helpsthemselvesto something, they steal it.  
INFORMAL   Has somebody helped himself to some film star's diamonds?      V pron-refl to n  
9   
    helping  
10    If you can't help the way you feel or behave, you cannot control it or stop it happening. You can also say that you can't helpyourself.  
can't help sth      phrase   V inflects, PHR -ing, PHR it, PHR pron-refl, PHR n  
I can't help feeling sorry for the poor man...     
11    If you say you can't help thinking something, you are expressing your opinion in an indirect way, often because you think it seems rude.  
can't help      phrase   V inflects, PHR -ing, PHR but inf     (vagueness)    I can't help feeling that this may just be another of her schemes...     
12    If someone or something is of help, they make a situation easier or better.  
be of help      phrase   V inflects  
Can I be of help to you?      help out      phrasal verb   If you help someone out, you help them by doing some work for them or by lending them some money.  
I help out with the secretarial work...      V P with n  
All these presents came to more money than I had, and my mother had to help me out...      V n P  
He thought you'd been brought in from Toronto to help out the local police.      V P n (not pron), Also V P  


home help        ( home helps    plural  ) A home help is a person who is employed to visit sick or old people at home and help with their cleaning or cooking.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-count  
self-help  
1       n-uncount   Self-help consists of people providing support and help for each other in an informal way, rather than relying on the government, authorities, or other official organizations.  
oft N n  
She helped her Mum set up a self-help group for parents with over-weight children.     
2       n-uncount   Self-help consists of doing things yourself to try and solve your own problems without depending on other people.  
...a society that encourages competitiveness and self-help among the very young., ...a self-help book.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
I can't understand it, I can't believe it, I can't accept it
exp.
if you can't be arsed to do something, you can't be bothered to do it (you are too lazy to do it)
colloquial, British, very common
n.
this expression means 'he is very good at criticizing others but he can't accept criticism from others'
n.
enseño historia
exp.
J'aime travailler !
n.
Phrase used when someone has brought all the evidences to support his point of view; "I'm done with explanations"
v.
am not
as in, I amn't going to the store. to replace the word ain't.
exp.
¡no toques eso!
exp.
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."
exp.
I have no idea; I don't have a clue
[Informal] E.g.: Why was she upset? - Beats me!
n.
means a liquid is not clear: this tea's got bits in it, I don't like yogurt with bits in it
assez proche de l'idée de 'il y a à boire et à manger'
exp.
t'as pas compris, tu veux que je te fasses un dessin?
what part of "you can't come with us" don't you understand? what part of "NO" don't you understand?
exp.
expression used for warning that, although something seems to be over, settled, new events that could change the situation may occur
syn.: "it ain't over till it's over"
exp.
ça craint! ; c'est nul!
[Arg.];[Slang]
exp.
acronym of As Far As I Know, from the best of my knowledge, according to the information that I have
exp.
it occurred to me, I suddenly thought of it, I had an idea all of a sudden
E.g: I wondered all day long how to solve this problem and it suddenly hit me...I had to talk to Marry.
n.
"It's a list of all the people and things I hate so much I want to hit them in the face with a shovel." Concept coming from the Marian Keyes novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close (2012).
n.
Yo era un niño, ahora soy un adulto
n.
yo soy un empleado en una oficina, yo soy un estudiente en una universidad
n.
someone to whom everybody is turning when they need advice, help
[Fam.]
n.
a person you can go to for help, advice or information
n.
A social club started at Port Royal by Samuel de Champlain to help pass the long and cold winter nights. Each person took turns being host for an evening and serving his fellow man.
exp.
used to point out that small problems or unpleasant events can in the end help things get better
n.
(british slang) "a strong drink" as in "i need a stiff whisky so pour me a real snorter", or (nautical slang) "a strong wind".
Slang

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