H h


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [help]
    • /hɛlp/
    • /help/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [help]
    • /hɛlp/

Definitions of help word

  • verb with object help to give or provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need; contribute strength or means to; render assistance to; cooperate effectively with; aid; assist: He planned to help me with my work. Let me help you with those packages. 1
  • verb with object help to save; rescue; succor: Help me, I'm falling! 1
  • verb with object help to make easier or less difficult; contribute to; facilitate: The exercise of restraint is certain to help the achievement of peace. 1
  • verb with object help to be useful or profitable to: Her quick mind helped her career. 1
  • verb with object help to refrain from; avoid (usually preceded by can or cannot): He can't help doing it. 1
  • verb with object help to relieve or break the uniformity of: Small patches of bright color can help an otherwise dull interior. 1

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Origin of help

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English helpen, Old English helpan; cognate with German helfen

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Help


help popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

help usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for help

noun help

  • advice — If you give someone advice, you tell them what you think they should do in a particular situation.
  • use — to employ for some purpose; put into service; make use of: to use a knife.
  • service — Robert W(illiam) 1874–1958, Canadian writer, born in England.
  • support — to bear or hold up (a load, mass, structure, part, etc.); serve as a foundation for.
  • comfort — If you are doing something in comfort, you are physically relaxed and contented, and are not feeling any pain or other unpleasant sensations.

verb help

  • bolster — If you bolster something such as someone's confidence or courage, you increase it.
  • save — to rescue from danger or possible harm, injury, or loss: to save someone from drowning.
  • serve — to act as a servant.
  • cooperate — If you cooperate with someone, you work with them or help them for a particular purpose. You can also say that two people cooperate.
  • maintain — to keep in existence or continuance; preserve; retain: to maintain good relations with neighboring countries.

Antonyms for help

noun help

  • hurt — to cause bodily injury to; injure: He was badly hurt in the accident.
  • injury — harm or damage that is done or sustained: to escape without injury.
  • hindrance — an impeding, stopping, preventing, or the like.
  • obstruction — something that obstructs, blocks, or closes up with an obstacle or obstacles; obstacle or hindrance: obstructions to navigation.
  • prevention — the act of preventing; effectual hindrance.

verb help

  • hinder — to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede: The storm hindered our progress.
  • obstruct — to block or close up with an obstacle; make difficult to pass: Debris obstructed the road.
  • prevent — to keep from occurring; avert; hinder: He intervened to prevent bloodshed.
  • undermine — to injure or destroy by insidious activity or imperceptible stages, sometimes tending toward a sudden dramatic effect.
  • refuse — to decline to accept (something offered): to refuse an award.

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