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Definition 1: the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose - [noun denoting act]

Samples where help or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he gave me an assist with the housework
  • could not walk without assistance
  • rescue party went to their aid
  • offered his help in unloading

Synonyms for help in the sense of this definition

(help is a kind of ...) any specific behavior

"they avoided all recreational activity"

(... is a kind of help ) assistance, such as that provided to an enemy or to a known criminal

"it gave comfort to the enemy"

(... is a kind of help ) the act of giving hope or support to someone

(... is a kind of help ) the act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need

(... is a kind of help ) an act of help or assistance

"he did them a service"

(... is a kind of help ) the act of giving temporary assistance

(... is a kind of help ) assistance in time of difficulty

"the contributions provided some relief for the victims"

(... is a kind of help ) with the help of or owing to

"thanks to hard work it was a great success"

(... is a kind of help ) act of turning to for assistance

"have recourse to the courts" "an appeal to his uncle was his last resort"

(... is a kind of help ) physical assistance

"give me a hand with the chores"

(... is a kind of help ) act of assisting or making easier the progress or improvement of something

(... is a kind of help ) the act of helping or improving yourself without relying on anyone else

(... is a kind of help ) aiding the cause or policy or interests of

"the president no longer has the support of his own party" "they developed a scheme of mutual support"

Definition 2: a person or thing that is a resource that helps make something easier or possible to do - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where help or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • visual aids in teaching
  • his job was to give technical assistance over the phone

Synonyms for help in the sense of this definition

(help is a kind of ...) a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed

"the local library is a valuable resource"

Definition 3: a means of serving - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where help or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • of no avail
  • there's no help for it

Synonyms for help in the sense of this definition

(help is a kind of ...) the property of providing useful assistance

Definition 4: a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose - [noun denoting person]

Samples where help or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • my invaluable assistant
  • they hired additional help to finish the work

Synonyms for help in the sense of this definition

(help is a kind of ...) a person who works at a specific occupation

"he is a good worker"

(... is a kind of help ) an assistant to a bishop

(... is a kind of help ) an assistant or second-in-command to a chief (especially in a crime syndicate)

(... is a kind of help ) a woman who wears clothes to display fashions

"she was too fat to be a mannequin"

(... is a kind of help ) a person who poses for a photographer or painter or sculptor

"the president didn't have time to be a model so the artist worked from photos"

(... is a kind of help ) a trained worker who is not a member of a profession but who assists a professional

(... is a kind of help ) someone who carries explosives (as from the magazine to the guns on board a warship)

(... is a kind of help ) someone who assists a performer by providing the next words of a forgotten speech

(... is a kind of help ) the most helpful assistant

(... is a kind of help ) an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization

(... is a kind of help ) (Church of England) an assistant to the churchwarden; collects offerings of money in the church

(... is a kind of help ) an assistant subject to the authority or control of another

(... is a kind of help ) an assistant who supplies drinking water

(... is a kind of help ) an assistant (often the father of the soon-to-be-born child) who provides support for a woman in labor by encouraging her to use techniques learned in childbirth-preparation classes

(... is a kind of help ) a person used by another to gain an end

(... is a kind of help ) one whose job it is to execute unpleasant tasks for a superior

(... is a kind of help ) a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan)

(... is a kind of help ) someone who acts as assistant

(... is a kind of help ) someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another

(... is a kind of help ) (baseball) a boy who takes care of bats and other baseball equipment

(... is a kind of help ) an assistant to a dentist

(... is a kind of help ) an assistant with power to act when his superior is absent

(... is a kind of help ) a wardrobe assistant for an actor

(... is a kind of help ) someone who plans social events as a profession (usually for government or corporate officials)

(... is a kind of help ) someone who makes progress easier

(... is a kind of help ) a young girl who carries flowers in a (wedding) procession

(... is a kind of help ) a female assistant who has a range of duties

(... is a kind of help ) huntsman's assistant in managing the hounds

Definition 5: improve the condition of - [verb of body]

Samples where help or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • These pills will help the patient

Synonyms for help in the sense of this definition

(help is a kind of ...) to make better

"The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

(... is a kind of help ) provide a cure for, make healthy again

"The treatment cured the boy's acne" "The quack pretended to heal patients but never managed to"

(... is a kind of help ) be beneficial for

"This will do you good"

Definition 6: improve; change for the better - [verb of change]

Samples where help or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture

(help is a kind of ...) to make better

"The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

Definition 7: help to some food; help with food or drink - [verb of consumption]

Samples where help or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I served him three times, and after that he helped himself

Synonyms for help in the sense of this definition

(help is a kind of ...) give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

"The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"

(help has a similar meaning as ...) provide (usually but not necessarily food)

"We serve meals for the homeless" "She dished out the soup at 8 P.M." "The entertainers served up a lively show"

Definition 8: take or use - [verb of consumption]

Samples where help or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She helped herself to some of the office supplies

Synonyms for help in the sense of this definition

(help is a kind of ...) use or manipulate to one's advantage

"He exploit the new taxation system" "She knows how to work the system" "he works his parents for sympathy"

Samples where help or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Everyone helped out during the earthquake
  • Can you help me carry this table?
  • She never helps around the house

Synonyms for help in the sense of this definition

(help is a kind of ...) give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to

"She supported him during the illness" "Her children always backed her up"

(... is a kind of help ) help oneself, often through improvised means

(... is a kind of help ) provide care for

"The nurse was caring for the wounded"

(... is a kind of help ) be of use to, be useful to

"It will avail them to dispose of their booty"

(... is a kind of help ) speed up the progress of; facilitate

"This should expedite the process"

(... is a kind of help ) help in a difficult situation

(... is a kind of help ) be helpful or useful

(... is a kind of help ) be of help, as in a particular situation of need

"Can you help out tonight with the dinner guests?"

(... is a kind of help ) help as a benefactor

"The father benefacted his daughter in more ways than she was aware of"

(... is a kind of help ) work for or be a servant to

"May I serve you?" "She attends the old lady in the wheelchair" "Can you wait on our table, please?" "Is a salesperson assisting you?" "The minister served the King for many years"

(... is a kind of help ) make easier

"you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge"

Samples where help or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries

(help is a kind of ...) contribute to the progress or growth of

"I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"

Definition 11: be of use - [verb of stative]

Samples where help or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This will help to prevent accidents

Synonyms for help in the sense of this definition

(help is a kind of ...) contribute or conduce to

"The scandal served to increase his popularity"

Definition 12: abstain from doing; always used with a negative - [verb of stative]

Samples where help or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I can't help myself--I have to smoke
  • She could not help watching the sad spectacle

Synonyms for help in the sense of this definition

(help is a kind of ...) resist doing something

"He refrained from hitting him back" "she could not forbear weeping"

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