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1    abet, aid, assist, back, befriend, cooperate, encourage, give a leg up     (informal)   lend a hand, lend a helping hand, promote, relieve, save, second, serve, stand by, succour, support  
2    alleviate, ameliorate, cure, ease, facilitate, heal, improve, mitigate, relieve, remedy, restore  
3    abstain, avoid, control, eschew, forbear, hinder, keep from, prevent, refrain from, resist, shun, withstand  
4    advice, aid, assistance, avail, benefit, cooperation, guidance, helping hand, promotion, service, support, use, utility  
5    assistant, employee, hand, helper, worker  
6    balm, corrective, cure, relief, remedy, restorative, salve, succour  
,       vb  
1 & 2    aggravate, bar, block, discourage, fight, foil, frustrate, harm, hinder, hobble, hurt, impede, injure, irritate, make worse, obstruct, oppose  
4 & 6    aggravation, bane, block, discouragement, hindrance, irritant, obstruction, opposition  
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  ( 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  
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  
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.     

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Forensic is used to describe the work of scientists who examine evidence in order to help the police solve crimes.
a person you can go to for help, advice or information
used to point out that small problems or unpleasant events can in the end help things get better
someone to whom everybody is turning when they need advice, help
1. [Mil.] a pilot who comes in support of the leading aircraft. He is positionned besides and slightly behind the leading aircraft. 2. [Fig.] a person who helps a friend to approach potential partners
2. this meaning has been popularised by the TV series How I Met Your Mother
a detail-oriented document clearly outlining the objectives of the project like technical , terms and financial aspects of the software project .These software proposals helps the Business Professionals to automate routine tasks.
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