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help  (hlp)
v. helped, help·ing, helps
1. To give assistance to; aid: I helped her find the book. He helped me into my coat.
2. To contribute to the furtherance of; promote.
3. To give relief to: help the needy.
4. To ease; relieve: medication to help your cold.
5. To change for the better; improve: A fresh coat of paint will help a scarred old table.
6. To refrain from; avoid or resist. Used with can or cannot: couldnt help laughing.
7. To wait on, as in a store or restaurant.
To be of service; give assistance.
a. The act or an instance of helping.
b. Aid or assistance.
2. Relief; remedy.
3. One that helps: Youve been a great help. A food processor is a help to the serious cook.
4. A person employed to help, especially a farm worker or domestic servant.
Such employees considered as a group. Often used with the.
help (oneself) to
1. To serve or provide oneself with: Help yourself to the cookies.
2. Informal To take (something) without asking permission: The thief helped himself to our family silver.

[Middle English helpen, from Old English helpan.]
Synonyms: help, aid, assist, succor
These verbs mean to contribute to the fulfillment of a need, the furtherance of an effort, or the achievement of a purpose or end. Help and aid, the most general, are frequently interchangeable: a medication that helps (or aids) the digestion.
Help, however, sometimes conveys a stronger suggestion of effectual action: Ill help you move the piano.
Assist usually implies making a secondary contribution or acting as a subordinate: Apprentices assisted the chef in preparing the banquet.
Succor refers to going to the relief of one in want, difficulty, or distress: Mr. Harding thought . . . of the worn-out, aged men he had succored (Anthony Trollope). See Also Synonyms at improve.
Usage Note: Many people commonly use help in the sense conveyed in the sentence Dont change it any more than you can help (that is, any more than you have to). Some grammarians condemn this usage on the grounds that help in this sense means avoid and therefore logically requires a negative. But the expression is a well-established idiom. See Usage Note at cannot.

help  /hlp/  v. 1 [I;T] to aid, assist, support: My neighbor helped me fix my roof. 2 [I;T] to improve, make better: What will help my upset stomach? 3 [I;T] to prevent, refrain from: He is depressed and cannot help crying. 4 cannot help but: to do s.t. unavoidable: When I think of all my mother has done for me, I cannot help but say I love her. 5 It cant be helped: Its unavoidable: I dont want to leave early, but it cant be helped. 6 not to be able help oneself: unable to change or stop doing s.t.: I know I shouldnt eat so much chocolate, but I cant help myself. 7 phrasal v. insep. [T] to help oneself to s.t.: to serve oneself: She helped herself to food in the refrigerator. 8 phrasal v. sep. [I;T] to help s.o. out: to aid, support: My father helped out our neighbors by mowing their lawn.||He helped them out.
n. 1 [C;U] aid, support: I gave my friend help with his homework. 2 [U] rescue: Help was sent to the hurricane victims. 3 [U] employees, esp. servants: The boss doesnt pay the help very well. help

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