Translation of "help" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /help/ 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 mum 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

servirse algo
Please help yourself to coffee.
can’t/couldn’t help something

B1 to not be able to stop doing something

no poder evitar algo
I couldn’t help laughing.

Phrasal verb(s)

noun uk /help/ us /help/

A2 [ no plural ] things you do to make it easier for another person to do something

Do you want any help?
with the help of something

B1 using something

con la ayuda de algo
We managed to open the box with the help of a knife.

something or someone that makes things easier for you

Dave has been a great help to me.
exclamation uk /help/ us /help/

A2 something that you shout when you are in danger

Help! I’m drowning!

(Translation of “help” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /help/

to do something with or for someone that he cannot do alone, or that he will find useful

Will you help me with this translation?
Will you please help me (to) translate this poem?
Can I help?
He fell down and I helped him up.

to play a part in something; to improve or advance

ayudar, contribuir
Bright posters will help to attract the public to the exhibition
Good exam results will help his chances of a job.

to make less bad

ayudar (a calmar), aliviar
An aspirin will help your headache.

to serve (a person) in a shop

ayudar, servir
Can I help you, sir?

(with can(not), could (not)) to be able not to do something or to prevent something

no poder evitar
He looked so funny that I couldn’t help laughing
Can I help it if it rains?
helper noun

ayudante, asistente
We need several helpers for this job.
helpful adjective

servicial; útil
a very helpful boy
You may find this book helpful.
helpfully adverb

They helpfully provided a map showing where their house was.
helpfulness noun

the helpfulness of the hotel staff.
helping noun

the amount of food one has on one’s plate

ración, porción
a large helping of pudding.
helpless adjective

needing the help of other people; unable to do anything for oneself

desamparado; indefenso, desvalido
A baby is almost completely helpless.
helplessly adverb

en vano, inútilmente
helplessness noun

desamparo; inutilidad; incapacidad
helpline noun

a telephone service that provides advice and support about particular problems

línea de ayuda
They set up a helpline to offer advice to customers.
help oneself

(with to) to give oneself or take (food etc)

Help yourself to another piece of cake
’Can I have a pencil?’ ’Certainly – help yourself
He helped himself to (= stole) my jewellery.

(with cannot, could not) to be able to stop (oneself)

contenerse, controlarse
I burst out laughing when he told me – I just couldn’t help myself.
help out phrasal verb

to help (a person), usually for a short time because the person is in some difficulty

echar una mano, ayudar
I help out in the shop from time to time
Could you help me out by looking after the baby?

(Translation of “help” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)