What is the meaning of help?


  • The activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose.
    • usage: "he gave me an assist with the housework"; "could not walk without assistance"; "rescue party went to their aid"; "offered his help in unloading"
  • A person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose.
    • usage: "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"
  • A resource.
    • usage: "visual aids in teaching"
  • A means of serving.
    • usage: "of no avail"; "there's no help for it"


  • Give help or assistance; be of service.
    • usage: "Everyone helped out during the earthquake"; "Can you help me carry this table"; "She never helps around the house"
  • Improve the condition of.
    • usage: "These pills will help the patient"
  • Be of use.
    • usage: "This will help to prevent accidents"
  • Abstain from doing; always used with a negative.
    • usage: "I can't help myself-I have to smoke"; "She could not help watching the sad spectacle"
  • Help to some food; help with food or drink.
    • usage: "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"
  • Contribute to the furtherance of.
    • usage: "This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries"
  • Take or use.
    • usage: "She helped herself to some of the office supplies"
  • Improve; change for the better.
    • usage: "New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture"
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APAWordNet. (2010). help. Retrieved August 20, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/help/definitions/1284613
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "help" http://smartdefine.org/help/definitions/1284613 (accessed August 20, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, help, Smart Define, viewed 20 August, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/help/definitions/1284613>.
MLAWordNet. "help" 23 October 2010. Web. 20 August 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/help/definitions/1284613>
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