Pronunciation: (help),[key] —v.t., 1. 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. 2. to save; rescue; succor: Help me, I'm falling! 3. to make easier or less difficult; contribute to; facilitate: The exercise of restraint is certain to help the achievement of peace. 4. to be useful or profitable to: Her quick mind helped her career. 5. to refrain from; avoid (usually prec. by can or cannot): He can't help doing it. 6. to relieve or break the uniformity of: Small patches of bright color can help an otherwise dull interior. 7. to relieve (someone) in need, sickness, pain, or distress.
8. to remedy, stop, or prevent: Nothing will help my headache. 9. to serve food to at table (usually fol. by to): Help her to salad. 10. to serve or wait on (a customer), as in a store.
—v.i. 1. to give aid; be of service or advantage: Every little bit helps. 2. cannot or can't help but, to be unable to refrain from or avoid; be obliged to: Still, you can't help but admire her. 3. help oneself to, a. to serve oneself; take a portion of: Help yourself to the cake. b. to take or use without asking permission; appropriate: They helped themselves to the farmer's apples. Help yourself to any of the books we're giving away. 4. help out, to assist in an effort; be of aid to: Her relatives helped out when she became ill. 5. so help me, (used as a mild form of the oath “so help me God”) I am speaking the truth; on my honor: That's exactly what happened, so help me.
—n. 1. the act of helping; aid or assistance; relief or succor.
2. a person or thing that helps: She certainly is a help in an emergency. 3. a hired helper; employee.
4. a body of such helpers.
5. a domestic servant or a farm laborer.
6. means of remedying, stopping, or preventing: The thing is done, and there is no help for it now. 7. Older Use.helping (def. 2).
—interj. (used as an exclamation to call for assistance or to attract attention.)