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English definition of “help”

help

verb (MAKE EASIER)    /help/
A1 [I or T] to make it possible or easier for someone to do something, by doing part of the work yourself or by providing advice , money , support , etc.: How can I help you? I wonder if you could help me - I'd like some information about flights to New Zealand. My dad said he would help with the costs of (= give part of the cost of) buying a house . [+ obj + (to) infinitive ] The £10,000 loan from the bank helped her (to) start her own business . I feel that learning English will help (= improve ) my chances of promotion at work . Nothing can help her now (= her situation is too bad for anyone to be able to improve it). → See also helplineHelping and co-operating B2 [I or T] If something helps a difficult or painful situation , it improves it or makes it easier or less painful : The morphine didn't seem to help (the pain ).Making things betterBecoming better [+ (to) infinitive] If something or someone helps to do something, that thing or person is one of several reasons for it happening : The drought has helped (to) make this a disastrous year for Somalia.Helping and co-operating helplineGrammar:Help somebody (to) doWe use help with or without an object:
(Definition of help verb (MAKE EASIER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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