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Meaning of "help" in Essential American English Dictionary

help

verb   /help/
A1 to do something for someone: Thank you for helping. Dad always helps me with my homework.
A2 to provide advice, money, support, etc. to make it possible or easier for someone to do something: My mom said she would help with the costs of buying a house.
to make something better or easier: When you’re nervous or frightened, it helps to breathe slowly.
help yourself to something
B1 to take something, especially food or drink, without asking: Please help yourself to some coffee.
can’t/couldn’t help something
B1 to not be able to stop doing something: I couldn’t help laughing.
(Definition of help verb from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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