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1    to assist or aid (someone to do something), esp. by sharing the work, cost, or burden of something  
he helped his friend to escape, she helped him climb out of the boat     
2    to alleviate the burden of (someone else) by giving assistance  
3    tr   to assist (a person) to go in a specified direction  
help the old lady up from the chair     
4    to promote or contribute to  
to help the relief operations     
5    to cause improvement in (a situation, person, etc.)  
crying won't help     
6    tr; preceded by: can, could, etc.; usually used with a negative  
a    to avoid or refrain from  
we can't help wondering who he is     
b    usually foll by: it   to prevent or be responsible for  
I can't help it if it rains     
7    to alleviate (an illness, etc.)  
8    tr   to serve (a customer)  
can I help you, madam?     
9    tr; foll by: to  
a    to serve (someone with food, etc.) (usually in the phrase help oneself)  
may I help you to some more vegetables?, help yourself to peas     
b    to provide (oneself with) without permission  
he's been helping himself to money out of the petty cash     
10    cannot help but   to be unable to do anything else except  
I cannot help but laugh     
11    help a person on or off with   to assist a person in the putting on or removal of (clothes)  
12    so help me  
a    on my honour  
b    no matter what  
so help me, I'll get revenge     
13    the act of helping, or being helped, or a person or thing that helps  
she's a great help     
14    a helping  
a    a person hired for a job; employee, esp. a farm worker or domestic servant  
b    functioning as sing   several employees collectively  
16    a means of remedy  
there's no help for it     
17    used to ask for assistance,   (See also)        help out  
     (Old English helpan; related to Old Norse hjalpa, Gothic hilpan, Old High German helfan)  
  helpable      adj  
   helper             n  

help out  
      vb   adv  
1    to assist or aid (someone), esp. by sharing the burden  
2    to share the burden or cost of something with (another person)  
help screens  
      pl n   computer instructions displayed on a visual display unit  
home help  
      n     (Social welfare)     (in Britain and New Zealand)  
1    a person, usually a woman, who is paid to do domestic chores for persons unable to look after themselves adequately  
2      (Also called)    home care   such a service provided by a local authority social services department to those whom it judges most need it,   (Also called (N.Z.))    home aid  
hyphen help  
      n   a word processing function that assists the operator to identify automatically those words that can be hyphenated at the end of a line of text  
1    the act or state of providing the means to help oneself without relying on the assistance of others  
a    the practice of solving one's problems by joining or forming a group designed to help those suffering from a particular problem  
b    (as modifier)  
a self-help group     
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


abettor, adjutant, aide, aider, ally, assistant, attendant, auxiliary, coadjutor, collaborator, colleague, deputy, helpmate, henchman, mate, partner, protagonist, right-hand man, second, subsidiary, supporter  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

See also:

help, Heller, healer, heaper

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