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  Dictionary Definition of help

verb, helped or ( Archaic ) holp ; helped or ( Archaic ) holpen ; helping ; noun, interjection

-- verb (t)
1. to cooperate effectively with a person; aid; assist: to help a man in his work.
2. to furnish aid to; contribute strength or means to; assist in doing: remedies that help digestion.
3. to succour; save; rescue.
4. to relieve (someone) in need, sickness, pain, or distress.
5. (with can or cannot ) to refrain from; avoid: He can help doing it ; He can't help doing it.
6. to remedy, stop, or prevent: Nothing will help now.
7. to contribute an improvement to: The use of a little make-up would help her appearance.
-- verb (i)
8. to give aid; be of service or advantage: Every little helps.
-- noun
9. the act of helping; aid or assistance; relief or succour.
10. a person or thing that helps.
11. a hired helper.
12. a body of such helpers.
13. a domestic servant or a farm labourer.
14. means of remedying, stopping, or preventing: the thing is done, and there is no help for it now.
-- interjection
15. (a call for assistance.)
-- phrase
16. help out, to be of assistance; assist one in or as in a crisis or difficulty.
17. help oneself ; help oneself to, to take or appropriate at will: Help yourself to the salad.
18. help someone to, to serve (food) to (someone) at table: Can I help you to some salad?
19. not be able to help oneself, to be unable to resist a risk or temptation: When it comes to flirting he just can't help himself.
20. so help me, (an exclamation giving assurance of the speaker's veracity.)
[ME helpe ( n ), OE helpan, c. G helfen ]
-- helpable, adjective