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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Help
  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.”
  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 helphim of his blindness."Shak."The true calamus helps coughs." [Gerarde.]
  4. To change for the better; to remedy."Cease to lament for what thou canst not help." [Shak.]
  5. To prevent; to hinder; as, the evil approaches, and who can help it?
  6. To forbear; to avoid."I can not help remarking the resemblance betwixt him and our author." [Pope.]
  7. To wait upon, as the guests at table, by carving and passing food.
    synonyms: To aid; assist; succor; relieve; serve; support; sustain; befriend.

Usage: To Help Aid Assist. These words all agree in the idea of affording relief or support to a person under difficulties. Help turns attention especially to the source of relief. If I fall into a pit, I call for help; and he who helps me out does it by an act of his own. Aid turns attention to the other side, and supposes coöperation on the part of him who is relieved; as, he aided me in getting out of the pit; I got out by the aid of a ladder which he brought. Assist has a primary reference to relief afforded by a person who “stands by” in order to relieve. It denotes both help and aid. Thus, we say of a person who is weak, I assisted him upstairs, or, he mounted the stairs by my assistance. When help is used as a noun, it points less distinctively and exclusively to the source of relief, or, in other words, agrees more closely with aid. Thus we say, I got out of a pit by the help of my friend.

Etymology: AS. helpan; akin to OS. helpan, D. helpen, G. helfen, OHG. helfan, Icel. hjālpa, Sw. hjelpa, Dan. hielpe, Goth. hilpan; cf. Lith. szelpti, and Skr. klp to be fitting

verb Help
To lend aid or assistance; to contribute strength or means; to avail or be of use; to assist.
noun Help
  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. 11.]"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)

Etymology: AS. help; akin to D. hulp, G. hülfe hilfe, Icel. hjālp, Sw. hjelp, Dan. hielp. See Help (v. t.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose ("offered his help in unloading")
  2. A means of serving ("there's no help for it")
  3. A person or thing that is a resource that helps make something easier or possible to do
  4. 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")
  5. Improve the condition of ("These pills will help the patient")
  6. Improve; change for the better ("New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture")
  7. Help to some food; help with food or drink ("I served him three times, and after that he helped himself")
  8. Take or use ("She helped herself to some of the office supplies")
  9. Give help or assistance; be of service ("Everyone helped out during the earthquake", "Can you help me carry this table?", and "She never helps around the house")
  10. Contribute to the furtherance of ("This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries")
  11. Abstain from doing; always used with a negative ("I can't help myself--I have to smoke" and "She could not help watching the sad spectacle")
  12. Be of use ("This will help to prevent accidents")

From Middle English help, from Old English help (“help, aid, assistance, relief”), from Proto-Germanic *helpō (“help”), *hilpiz, *hulpiz, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱelb-, *ḱelp- (“to help”). Cognate with West Frisian help (“help”), Dutch hulp (“help”), Low German Hülp (“help”), Swedish hjälp (“help”), German Hilfe (“help, aid, assistance”), Danish hjælp (“help”), Norwegian hjelp (“help”).

  1. (uncountable) Action given to provide assistance; aid.
    I need some with my homework.
  2. (usually uncountable) Something or someone which provides assistance with a task.
    He was a great to me when I was moving house.
    I've printed out a list of math .
  3. Documentation provided with computer software, etc. and accessed using the computer.
    I can't find anything in the about rotating an image.
  4. (usually uncountable) One or more people employed to help in the maintenance of a house or the operation of a farm or enterprise.
    The is coming round this morning to clean.
    Most of the hired is seasonal, for the harvest.
  5. (uncountable, euphemistic) Correction of deficits, as by psychological counseling or medication or social support or remedial training.
    His suicide attempts were a cry for .
    He really needs in handling customer complaints.
    "He's a real road-rager." / "Yup, he really needs , maybe anger management."

From Middle English helpen, from Old English helpan (“to help, aid, assist, benefit, relieve, cure”), from Proto-Germanic *helpaną (“to help”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱelb-, *ḱelp- (“to help”). Cognate with West Frisian helpe (“to help”), Dutch helpen (“to help”), Low German hölpen (“to help”), German helfen (“to help”), Danish hjælpe (“to help”), Norwegian hjelpe (“to help”), Lithuanian šelpti (“to help, support”).

    help was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Dutch, Old English, and Welsh

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Help

    Margret Help is an athlete for the FC Lootos Põlva (women).


    Fun Facts about the name Help

    • How unique is the name Help? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Help was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
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    Past life for Help born Sep 28, 1942

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Hungary approximately on 800. Your profession was map maker, astrologer, and astronomer.

    Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main lesson in present - to develop magnanimity and feeling of brotherhood. Try to become less adhered to material property and learn to have only as many, as you may give back.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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