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helpverb

us   /help/
  • help verb (MAKE EASIER)

[I/T] to make it possible or easier for someone to do something: [T] How can I help you? [T] Please help those less fortunate than you are. [+ to infinitive] Avoiding fatty foods and salt can help to bring down your blood pressure.
[I/T] If something helps a difficult or painful situation, it improves it or makes it easier or less painful: [T] Aspirin will help relieve the pain.
[I/T] You shout "Help!" in an emergency when you need the immediate support of someone else.
  • help verb (GIVE/TAKE)

[T] to serve something to someone, or to take something for yourself: Help yourself to more cake.
Phrasal verbs

helpnoun [U]

us   /help/
  • help noun [U] (ACT OF HELPING)

the act of making it possible or easier for someone to do something: Do you need help with those boxes? My parents gave us financial help when we bought our first house.
(Definition of help from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"help" in British English

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helpverb

uk   /help/ us   /help/
  • help verb (MAKE EASIER)

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).
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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).
[+ (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.

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  • help verb (GIVE/TAKE)

B1 [T] to give something to someone: Can I help you to some more soup?

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helpnoun

uk   /help/ us   /help/
A2 [U] the act of helping another person: Do you need any help with those boxes? Her parents gave her some help with her bank loan (= paid some of it).
B2 [S] something or someone that helps: Having a satnav would be a help. He was a great help (to me) while my husband was away.
[C] UK old-fashioned someone who is employed to clean and do other small jobs: a home help
the help old-fashioned
a person or the people employed to work in someone's home doing cleaning, cooking, caring for children, etc.

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helpexclamation

uk   /help/ us   /help/
(Definition of help from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"help" in Business English

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helpnoun [U]

uk   /help/ us   WORKPLACE
workers who are employed for a short time during periods when there is a lot of work: We often take on help during the busy season.
(Definition of help from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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