HyperDic: help

English > 12 senses of the word help:
NOUNacthelp, aid, assist, assistancethe activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
person help, assistant, helper, supportera person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
attributehelp, aid, assistancea resource
attributehelp, avail, servicea means of serving
VERBsocialhelp, assist, aidgive help or assistance
bodyhelp, aidimprove the condition of
stativehelp, facilitatebe of use
stativehelp, help oneselfabstain from doing
consumptionhelp, servehelp to some food
socialhelpcontribute to the furtherance of
consumptionhelp, availtake or use
changehelpimprove
help > pronunciation
Soundshheh'lp
Rhymeskelp ... yelp: 4 rhymes with ehlp...
English > help: 12 senses > noun 1, act
MeaningThe activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose.
Example "offered his help in unloading"
Synonymsaid, assist, assistance
NarroweraccommodationThe act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need
boost, encouragementThe act of giving hope or support to someone
comfortAssistance, such as that provided to an enemy or to a known criminal
facilitationAct of assisting or making easier the progress or improvement of something
hand, helping handPhysical assistance
liftThe act of giving temporary assistance
recourse, resort, refugeAct of turning to for assistance
relief, succor, succour, ministrationAssistance in time of difficulty
self-helpThe act of helping or improving yourself without relying on anyone else
serviceAn act of help or assistance
supportAiding the cause or policy or interests of
thanksWith the help of or owing to
BroaderactivityAny specific behavior
Spanishasistencia, auxilio, ayuda, socorro
Catalanajuda, ajut, assistència
Verbshelpimprove the condition of
helpimprove
helpgive help or assistance
helpcontribute to the furtherance of
helpbe of use
English > help: 12 senses > noun 2, person
MeaningA person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose.
Example "they hired additional help to finish the work"
Synonymsassistant, helper, supporter
Narroweraccomplice, confederateA person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan)
aide, auxiliarysomeone who acts as assistant
attendant, attender, tendersomeone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
bat boy(baseball) a boy who takes care of bats and other baseball equipment
coadjutorAn assistant to a bishop
dental assistantAn assistant to a dentist
deputy, lieutenantAn assistant with power to act when his superior is absent
dresser, actor's assistantA wardrobe assistant for an actor
event plannersomeone who plans social events as a profession (usually for government or corporate officials)
facilitatorsomeone who makes progress easier
flower girlA young girl who carries flowers in a (wedding) procession
girl FridayA female assistant who has a range of duties
hatchet man, enforcerOne whose job it is to execute unpleasant tasks for a superior
instrument, pawn, cat's-pawA person used by another to gain an end
labor coach, birthing coach, doula, monitriceAn 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
mannequin, manikin, mannikin, manakin, fashion model, modelA woman who wears clothes to display fashions
model, poserA person who poses for a photographer or painter or sculptor
paraprofessionalA trained worker who is not a member of a profession but who assists a professional
powder monkeysomeone who carries explosives (as from the magazine to the guns on board a warship)
prompter, theater promptersomeone who assists a performer by providing the next words of a forgotten speech
right-hand man, chief assistant, man FridayThe most helpful assistant
secretary, secretarial assistantAn assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization
sidesman(Church of England) an assistant to the churchwarden
subordinate, subsidiary, underling, foot soldierAn assistant subject to the authority or control of another
underbossAn assistant or second-in-command to a chief (especially in a crime syndicate)
water boy, watererAn assistant who supplies drinking water
whipper-inhuntsman's assistant in managing the hounds
BroaderworkerA person who works at a specific occupation
Spanishasistente, auxiliar, ayudante
Catalanajudant, assistente, assistent, auxiliar, dependent
Verbshelpgive help or assistance
English > help: 12 senses > noun 3, attribute
MeaningA resource.
Synonymsaid, assistance
BroaderresourceA source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed
Spanishasistencia, ayuda, recurso, soporte
Catalanajuda, ajut, assistència, suport
Verbshelpimprove the condition of
helpimprove
helpgive help or assistance
helpcontribute to the furtherance of
helpbe of use
English > help: 12 senses > noun 4, attribute
MeaningA means of serving.
Example "there's no help for it"
Synonymsavail, service
BroaderhelpfulnessThe property of providing useful assistance
Spanishasistencia, ayuda
Catalanajuda, ajut, assistència
English > help: 12 senses > verb 1, social
MeaningGive help or assistance; be of service.
PatternSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE
ModelThey help him to write the letter
Examples
  • "Everyone helped out during the earthquake"
  • "Can you help me carry this table?"
  • "She never helps around the house"
Synonymsassist, aid
NarroweravailBe of use to, be useful to
benefactHelp as a benefactor
bootstraphelp oneself, often through improvised means
care, give careProvide care for
expedite, hastenspeed up the progress of
facilitate, ease, alleviatemake easier
help outBe of help, as in a particular situation of need
serve, attend to, wait on, attend, assistWork for or be a servant to
subserveBe helpful or useful
succor, succourHelp in a difficult situation
Broadersupport, back upGive moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
Spanishasistir, auxiliar, ayudar
Catalanajudar, assistir
Nounshelpthe activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
helpa resource
helpera person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)
helper, helpa person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
English > help: 12 senses > verb 2, body
Meaningimprove the condition of.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody
Example"These pills will help the patient"
Synonymaid
Narrowerbenefit, do goodBe beneficial for
bring around, cure, healProvide a cure for, make healthy / healthy again
Broaderbetter, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorateTo make better
Spanishauxilio, ayudar, ayuda
Catalanajudar
Nounshelpthe activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
helpa resource
English > help: 12 senses > verb 3, stative
MeaningBe of use.
PatternSomething ----s INFINITIVE
ModelSam cannot help Sue
Example"This will help to prevent accidents"
Synonymfacilitate
Broaderservecontribute or conduce to
Spanishayudar, facilitar
Nounshelpthe activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
helpa resource
English > help: 12 senses > verb 4, stative
MeaningAbstain from doing; always used with a negative.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s VERB-ing
Examples
  • "I can't help myself--I have to smoke"
  • "She could not help watching the sad spectacle"
Synonymhelp oneself
Broaderrefrain, forbearResist doing something
English > help: 12 senses > verb 5, consumption
MeaningHelp to some food; help with food or drink.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
ModelSam cannot help Sue
Example"I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"
Synonymserve
Broaderprovide, supply, ply, caterGive what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
Similar toserve, serve up, dish out, dish up, dishProvide (usually but not necessarily food)
Spanishservir
Catalanservir
Nounshelpingan individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal
English > help: 12 senses > verb 6, social
Meaningcontribute to the furtherance of.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example"This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries"
Broaderpromote, advance, boost, further, encouragecontribute to the progress or growth of
Spanishservir
Nounshelpthe activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
helpa resource
helpera person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)
helpera person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
English > help: 12 senses > verb 7, consumption
MeaningTake or use.
PatternSomebody ----s something
ModelThey help themselves
Example"She helped herself to some of the office supplies"
Synonymavail
Broaderexploit, workUse or manipulate to one's advantage
English > help: 12 senses > verb 8, change
Meaningimprove; change for the better.
PatternSomething ----s something
Example"New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture"
Broaderbetter, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorateTo make better
Spanishayudar, mejorar
Nounshelpthe activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
helpa resource

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