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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"

Misc. Definitions

\Help\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Helped}(Obs. imp. {Holp}, p. p. {Holpen}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Helping}.] [AS. helpan; akin to OS. helpan, D. helpen, G. helfen, OHG. helfan, Icel. hj[=a]lpa, Sw. hjelpa, Dan. hielpe, Goth. hilpan; cf. Lith. szelpti, and Skr. klp to be fitting.]
1. To furnish with strength or means for the successful performance of any action or the attainment of any object; to aid; to assist; as, to help a man in his work; to help one to remember; -- the following infinitive is commonly used without to; as, ``Help me scale yon balcony.'' --Longfellow.
2. To furnish with the means of deliverance from trouble; as, to help one in distress; to help one out of prison. ``God help, poor souls, how idly do they talk!'' --Shak.
3. To furnish with relief, as in pain or disease; to be of avail against; -- sometimes with of before a word designating the pain or disease, and sometimes having such a word for the direct object. ``To help him of his blindness.''
\Help\, v. i. To lend aid or assistance; to contribute strength or means; to avail or be of use; to assist. A generous present helps to persuade, as well as an agreeable person. --Garth. {To help out}, to lend aid; to bring a supply.
\Help\, n. [AS. help; akin to D. hulp, G. h["u]lfe, hilfe, Icel. hj[=a]lp, Sw. hjelp, Dan. hielp. See {Help}, v. t.]
1. Strength or means furnished toward promoting an object, or deliverance from difficulty or distress; aid; ^; also, the person or thing furnishing the aid; as, he gave me a help of fifty dollars. Give us help from trouble, for vain is the help of man. --Ps. lx. 1
1. God is . . . a very present help in trouble. --Ps. xlvi.
1. Virtue is a friend and a help to nature. --South.
2. Remedy; relief; as, there is no help for it.
3. A helper; one hired to help another; also, thew hole force of hired helpers in any business.
4. Specifically, a domestic servant, man or woman. [Local, U. S.]

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