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[n] the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "he gave me an assist with the housework"; "could not walk without assistance"; "rescue party went to their aid"; "offered his help in unloading"
[n] a means of serving; "of no avail"; "there's no help for it"
[n] a resource; "visual aids in teaching"; "economic assistance to depressed areas"
[n] a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"
[v] improve the condition of; "These pills will help the patient"
[v] improve; change for the better; "New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture"
[v] help to some food; help with food or drink; "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"
[v] take or use; "She helped herself to some of the office supplies"
[v] 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"
[v] contribute to the furtherance of; "This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries"
[v] always used with a negative; "I can't help myself--I have to smoke"; "She could not help watching the sad spectacle"
[v] be of use; "This will help to prevent accidents"

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