Meaning of "help" in Essential American English Dictionary


verb us /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 Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)