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Definition for: help

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English

Pronunciation

  • AHD: hĕlp , IPA: /hɛlp/ , SAMPA: /hElp/

Etymology

Old English help

Noun

help ( countable and uncountable; plural helps )

  1. ( uncountable ) Action given to provide assistance; aid.
    I need some help with my homework.
  2. ( uncountable ) A person or persons who provide assistance with some task.
    He was a great help to me when I was moving house.
  3. ( countable ) A person employed to help in the maintenance of a house.
    The help is coming round this morning to clean.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

action given to provide assistance

  • Arabic: مساعدة (musáʕada) f .
  • Catalan: ajuda
  • Chinese: 幫 / 帮 (bāng)
  • Czech: pomoc f .
  • Danish: hjælp
  • Dutch: hulp
  • Esperanto: helpo
  • Estonian: abi
  • Finnish: ohje, apu
  • French: aide f . (1)
  • Frisian: help
  • German: Hilfe f .
  • Greek: βοήθεια (víthia) f .
  • Hebrew: עזרה (ezra) f .
  • Hungarian: segítség
  • Icelandic: hjálp f . , fulltingi n . (archaic)
  • Ido: helpo
  • Interlingua: adjuta, succurso
  • Italian: aiuto m .
  • Japanese: 助け (たすけ, tasuke), 手助け (tedasuke)
  • Latin: auxilium n .
  • Lithuanian: pagalba
  • Luxembourgish: Hëllef
  • Norwegian: hjelp
  • Persian: کمک (komak), یاری (yâri)
  • Polish: pomoc f .
  • Portuguese: ajuda f . , socorro m .
  • Russian: помощь (pómošč’) f .
  • Slovene: pomoč f .
  • Spanish: ayuda f . , socorro m . , auxilio m .
  • Swahili: msaada
  • Swedish: hjälp
  • Telugu: సహాయము (sahaayamu), సాయము (saayamu)
  • Thai: ความช่วยเหลือ (kwaam chûay lĕua)
  • Turkish: yardım
  • Vietnamese : giúp, giúp đỡ, trợ giúp, hỗ trợ

person or persons who provides assistance with some task

person employed to help in the maintenance of a house

Etymology

Old English helpan

Transitive verb

Infinitive
help

Third person singular
helps

Simple past
helped or ( archaic ) holp

Past participle
helped or ( archaic ) holpen

Present participle
helping

  1. ( transitive ) To provide assistance to (someone or something).
    He helped his grandfather.
    He helped his grandfather cook breakfast.
    He helped cook breakfast.
    They invited us to take as much food as we wanted, so I helped myself to some fruit.
  2. ( transitive ) To contribute in some way to.
    The white paint on the walls helps make the room look brighter.
  3. ( intransitive ) To provide assistance.
    I could see she was struggling to carry both her groceries and the baby, so I offered to help .
  4. ( transitive ) To avoid; to prevent; to refrain from; to restrain (oneself). (Usually with "cannot" or with "can" and a negative as in the "...if I can help it" example.)
    We couldn't help noticing that you were late.
    She is trying not to smile, but she can't help it.
    She is trying not to smile, but she can't help herself.
    That player won't make a goal today if I can help it.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

transitive: provide assistance to (someone or something)

  • Arabic: ساعد (sáʕada)
  • Basque: lagundu
  • Bulgarian: помагам (pomagam)
  • Catalan: ajudar
  • Czech: pomoct
  • Dutch: helpen
  • Esperanto: helpi
  • Estonian: aitama
  • Finnish: auttaa, opastaa
  • French: aider
  • Frisian: helpe
  • German: helfen ^
  • Greek: βοηθώ (vithó), συντρέχω (sintrékho)
  • Hungarian: segít
  • Icelandic: hjálpa
  • Ido: helpar
  • Interlingua: adjutar, succurrer
  • Italian: aiutare
  • Indonesian: bantu
  • Japanese: 助ける (たすける, tasukeru)
  • Lithuanian: padėti
  • Old English: helpan
  • Polish: pomagać
  • Portuguese: ajudar, socorrer
  • Persian: کمک کردن (komak kardan), یاری کردن (yâri kardan)
  • Russian: помогать (pomogát’)
  • Slovene: pomagati
  • Spanish: ayudar
  • Swahili: kusaidia
  • Swedish: hjälpa
  • Tagalog: tumulong, tulungan
  • Thai: ช่วยเหลือ (chuey-lure)
  • Telugu: సహాయపడు (sahaayapaDu), సాయపడు (saayapaDu)
  • Turkish: yardım etmek

contribute in some way to

intransitive: provide assistance

  • French: aider
  • Italian: aiutare

Interjection

help!

  1. I/we desperately need assistance!

Synonyms

Translations

  • Catalan: socors!
  • Chinese: 救命! (jiùmìng)
  • Czech: pomoc!
  • Esperanto: helpu min!
  • Finnish: apua!, auttakaa!
  • French: au secours !, à l'aide !
  • German: Hilfe!
  • Greek: βοήθεια! (víthia)
  • Hungarian: segítség!
  • Italian: aiuto!
  • Japanese: 助けて! (tasukete)
  • Lithuanian: gelbėkit!, padėkit!, pagalbos!
  • Polish: pomocy!
  • Portuguese: socorro!
  • Slovene: na pomoč!
  • Spanish: ¡socorro!, ¡auxilio!

Old English

Etymology

Common Germanic * helpo

Noun

help f

  1. help

Other Translations for "help"

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Morse Codehelp
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Pig Latinelphay

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