American English

Definition of help noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    making easier/better
  1. 1[uncountable] the act of helping someone to do something Thank you for all your help. help (with something) Do you need any help with that? Can I be of any help to you? None of this would have been possible without their help. She stopped smoking with the help of her family and friends. They have at last decided to enlist the help of experts. The offer of help came too late. The arts center will no longer have to close, thanks to the help of generous donors.
  2. being useful
  3. 2[uncountable] the fact of being useful The map wasn't much help. With the help of a ladder, neighbors were able to rescue the children from the blaze. Was the information I gave you any help? The course they sent me on was of no help whatsoever! Just shouting at him isn't going to be a lot of help.
  4. advice/money
  5. 3[uncountable] advice, money, etc. that is given to someone in order to solve their problems to seek financial/legal/medical, etc. help help in doing something The organization offers practical help in dealing with paperwork. help with something You should qualify for help with your tuition and fees. a help key/screen (= a function on a computer that provides information on how to use the computer)
  6. for someone in danger
  7. 4[uncountable] the act of helping someone who is in danger Quick, get help! She screamed for help.
  8. person/thing
  9. 5[singular] a help (to somebody) a person or thing that helps someone She was more of a hindrance than a help. Your advice was a big help.
  10. in house
  11. 6the help [uncountable] (old-fashioned) the person or people who are employed by someone to clean their house, etc.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: help