(noun, verb, interjection)


1. A cry of distress or an urgent request for assistance


1. the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

- offered his help in unloading

Similar word(s): aid, assist, assistance

Definition categories: act, activity

2. a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

- they hired additional help to finish the work

Similar word(s): assistant, helper, supporter

Definition categories: person, worker

3. a person or thing that is a resource that helps make something easier or possible to do

Similar word(s): aid, assistance

Definition categories: attribute, resource

4. a means of serving

- there's no help for it

Similar word(s): avail, service

Definition categories: attribute, helpfulness

Sentences with help as a noun:

- I need some help with my homework.

- He was a great help to me when I was moving house.

- I've printed out a list of math helps.

- I can't find anything in the help about rotating an image.

- The help is coming round this morning to clean.

- Most of the hired help is seasonal, for the harvest.

- His suicide attempts were a cry for help.

- He really needs help in handling customer complaints.

- "He's a real road-rager." / "Yup, he really needs help, maybe anger management."


1. give help or assistance; be of service

- Everyone helped out during the earthquake

- Can you help me carry this table?

- She never helps around the house

Similar word(s): aid, assist

Definition categories: social, support

2. improve the condition of

- These pills will help the patient

Similar word(s): aid

Definition categories: body, ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

3. be of use

- This will help to prevent accidents

Similar word(s): facilitate

Definition categories: stative, serve

4. abstain from doing; always used with a negative

- I can't help myself--I have to smoke

- She could not help watching the sad spectacle

Definition categories: stative, forbear, refrain

5. help to some food; help with food or drink

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

Similar word(s): serve

Definition categories: consumption, cater, ply, provide, supply

6. contribute to the furtherance of

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

Definition categories: social, advance, boost, encourage, further, promote

7. take or use

- She helped herself to some of the office supplies

Similar word(s): avail

Definition categories: consumption, exploit, work

8. improve; change for the better

- New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture

Definition categories: change, ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

Sentences with help as a verb:

- He helped his grandfather cook breakfast.

- The white paint on the walls helps make the room look brighter.

- If you want to get a job, it helps to have some prior experience.

- She was struggling with the groceries, so I offered to help.

- Please, help!

- We couldn’t help noticing that you were late.

- We couldn’t help but notice that you were late.

- She’s trying not to smile, but she can’t help herself.

- Can I help it if I'm so beautiful?

- Can I help it that I fell in love with you?