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Help

Help appears in the following pangrams (sentences using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Two driven jocks help fax my big quiz. (30 letters)
  • Weekly magazines request help for and by junior executives. (50 letters)
  • My help squeezed in and joined the weavers again before six o'clock. (55 letters)
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Help appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Go, help pin a nipple hog!
  • Ed, I help pink nipple hide.
  • So help me to temple ho’s!
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Usage statistics for the verb help:

spoken English43.8%written English56.2% conversational speech39.69%task-oriented speech60.31% imaginative writing51.1%informational writing48.9%
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Help is sometimes a misspelling of helped.

The word help is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun help

What does help mean as a name of something?

Help is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: helps

  1. the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
    • example: offered his help in unloading
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of help: aid / assist / assistance
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
    • more specific terms:
      • self-help = the act of helping or improving yourself without relying on anyone else
      • facilitation = act of assisting or making easier the progress or improvement of something
      • helping hand / hand = physical assistance
      • recourse / refuge / resort = act of turning to for assistance
      • thanks = with the help of or owing to
      • ministration / succour / relief / succor = assistance in time of difficulty
      • lift = the act of giving temporary assistance
      • service = an act of help or assistance
      • accommodation = the act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need
      • encouragement / boost = the act of giving hope or support to someone
      • comfort = assistance, such as that provided to an enemy or to a known criminal
      • support = aiding the cause or policy or interests of
  2. a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  3. a person or thing that is a resource that helps make something easier or possible to do
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of help: aid / assistance
    • more generic word: resource = a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed
  4. a means of serving
    • example: there's no help for it
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of help: avail / service
    • more generic word: helpfulness = the property of providing useful assistance

Alternative definition of the noun help

noun

  1. [uncountable] Action given to provide assistance; aid.
  2. [singularonly] A person or persons who provide assistance with some task.
    • [countable] A person employed to help in the maintenance of a house.
      • [uncountable, euphemistic] Correction of deficits, as by psychological counseling or medication or social support or remedial training.

      Definition of the verb help

      What does help mean as a doing word?

      Help is one of the top 50 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

      verb - inflections: helped | helping | helps

      1. give help or assistance; be of service
        • examples: Everyone helped out during the earthquake | Can you help me carry this table? | She never helps around the house | They help him to write the letter
        • syntax:
          Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
          [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary]I helped him
          [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme, object control with infinitive]I helped him to finish the homework
          [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] with [Theme, object control with -ing]I helped him with finishing the homework
          [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] with [Theme, not sentential clause]I helped him with homework
          [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] with [Theme, arbitrary control with -ing]I helped with finishing the homework
          [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] with [Theme, not sentential clause]I helped with the homework

          Help Verbs (with the same syntax): abet, aid, assist.

        • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
        • synonyms of help: aid / assist
        • more generic terms: back up / support = give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
        • more specific terms:
      2. improve the condition of
      3. be of use
        • examples: This will help to prevent accidents | Sam cannot help Sue
        • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
        • synonym of help: facilitate
        • more generic word: serve = contribute or conduce to
      4. abstain from doing; always used with a negative
        • examples: I can't help myself--I have to smoke | She could not help watching the sad spectacle
        • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
        • synonym of help: help oneself
        • more generic words: forbear / refrain = resist doing something
      5. help to some food; help with food or drink
        • examples: I served him three times, and after that he helped himself | Sam cannot help Sue
        • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
        • synonym of help: serve
        • more generic words: cater / ply / provide / supply = give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
      6. contribute to the furtherance of
        • example: This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries
        • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
        • more generic words: advance / boost / encourage / further / promote = contribute to the progress or growth of
      7. take or use
        • examples: She helped herself to some of the office supplies | They help themselves
        • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
        • synonym of help: avail
        • more generic words: exploit / work = use or manipulate to one's advantage
      8. improve; change for the better
        • example: New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture
        • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
        • more generic words: ameliorate / amend / better / improve / meliorate = to make better

      Alternative definition of the verb help

      verb

      1. [transitive] To provide assistance to (someone or something).
      2. [transitive] To contribute in some way to.
      3. [intransitive] To provide assistance.
      4. [transitive] To avoid; to prevent; to refrain from; to restrain (oneself). Usually used in nonassertive contexts with can.

      Other definitions of help

      What does help also mean?

      interjection

      1. I/we desperately need assistance!
        • synonym: mayday! (used by vessels and aircraft)

      Group

      Help is a musical group.

      • album: "A szerelemért"

      Music

      1. "Help" a.k.a. "Help!" is a song by the Beatles that served as the title song for both the 1965 film and its soundtrack album. It was also released as a single, and was number one for three weeks in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
      2. "Help" a.k.a. "Help!" is the fifth British and tenth North American album by English rock group the Beatles, and the soundtrack from their film Help!. Produced by George Martin for EMI's Parlophone Records, it contains fourteen songs in its original British form, of which seven appeared in the film. These songs took up the first side of the vinyl album and included the singles "Help!" and "Ticket to Ride". The second side contained seven other releases including the most-covered song ever written, "Yesterday".
      3. "Help" Album is a 1995 charity album devoted to the War Child charity's aid efforts in war-stricken areas, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina. It features many then-popular British and Irish artists, and spawned the follow-up albums 1 Love, Hope, Help!: A Day in the Life and War Child Presents Heroes.
        • also known as The Help Album
        • artist: Emmanuel Jal
        • released on (19 years ago)
        • award:
          • The Freddie Mercury Award
          • The Freddie Mercury Award
      4. "Help" is the debut studio album by Mary Mary recording artist Erica Campbell and was released on March 25, 2014 by eOne. This is Erica Campbell's debut studio album without her sister Tina Campbell.
      5. "Help" is the title of the April 28, 2009 release by San Francisco-based rock band Thee Oh Sees.
      6. "Help" a.k.a. "Help!" is a 1965 album by the George Martin Orchestra, the second of a series of albums by Martin featuring instrumental arrangements of Beatle songs. This release focused on songs from their album Help!. Unlike his other albums, the UK issue is not on Martin's Parlophone label, but on EMI's sister Columbia Graphophone's Studio 2 Stereo series label.
      7. "Help" a.k.a. "Help!" is a single by The Beatles.
        • released on (49 years ago)
        • some of the awards:
            • NME Award for Best New Disc Of The Year nomination for The Beatles
      8. "Help" a.k.a. "Help!" is a musical single of Bananarama & Lananeeneenoonoo.
        • released in (26 years ago)
      9. "HELP" is a musical single of SAICO.
        • released on (20 years ago)
      10. "Help" a.k.a. "HELP!!" is a cataloged instance, composition.

      Writings

      "Help" is a book by Garret Keizer.

      • also known as "Help: The Original Human Dilemma"
      • genres: Philosophy, Sociology
      • subjects: Philosophy, Psychology, Applied psychology, Religion, Ethics

      Films

      1. "Help" a.k.a. "Help!" is a 1965 film directed by Richard Lester, starring the Beatles–John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—and featuring Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John Bluthal, Roy Kinnear and Patrick Cargill. Help! was the second feature film made by the Beatles and is a comedy adventure which sees the group come up against an evil cult. The soundtrack was released as an album, also called Help!.
      2. "Help": An unhappily married pregnant woman suspects her vengeful deceased twin has returned from the dead.
      3. "Help" a.k.a. "Help!!!" is a 2000 romantic comedy film directed by Wai Ka-Fai and Johnnie To.
      4. "Help" a.k.a. "Help!" is a 2013 short film written and directed by Jean Marboeuf.

      Miscellanea

      1. help: In computing, help is a command in various non-UNIX command line shells such as COMMAND.COM, cmd.exe, Bash, 4DOS/4NT, Windows PowerShell, Singularity shell, Python and GNU Octave. It provides online information about available commands and the shell environment.
      2. Help a.k.a. Help! was an American satire magazine published by James Warren from 1960 to 1965. It was Harvey Kurtzman's longest-running magazine project after leaving Mad and EC Publications, and during its five years of operation it was chronically underfunded, yet innovative.
      3. Help is a BBC television comedy series first screened on BBC Two in 2005. Written by and starring Paul Whitehouse and Chris Langham, it concerns a psychotherapist and his therapy sessions with a variety of patients almost all played by Whitehouse.
      4. Help is a canonical version, musical recording.
      5. Help is any form of assistance.
      6. Help is a six-part Australian documentary series is broadcast on SBS One that takes you inside the real-life events that Ambulance officers and paramedics face every day while on the job.
        • begun on and completed on (8 years ago)
        • 6 episodes of 30 minutes each
        • country: Australia
        • genre: Documentary film
        • official website: www.sbs.com.au/documentary
      7. Help is a Dutch television drama series first broadcast by the NCRV in the early 1990s.
      8. Help a.k.a. Help!: If youre a regular Freebase user you may have noticed that that the Help area has been going through some changes. New topics have been added, old ones have been updated to reflect new features and functions, and theres a new organizational system, while behind the scenes the Help Topic type has undergone some revision [...
      9. Help: Help.com is a website based on users helping other users.

      Phrases with Help

      Phrases starting with the word Help:

      1. help out
      2. help desk
      3. Help Page
      4. Help Wanted
      5. help oneself

      Phrases ending with the word Help:

      1. home help
      2. self-help
      3. Can't Help
      4. hired help
      5. Cry for Help
      6. kitchen help
      7. domestic help
      8. Do You Need Help
      9. I Need Your Help
      10. Thanks For Your Help

      Other phrases containing the word Help:

      1. Can You Help Me
      2. God Helps Those Who Help Themselves
      3. Heaven Helps Those Who Help Themselves

      Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Help

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      Google previewBeyond Gentle Teaching (2013)

      A Nonaversive Approach to Helping Those in Need by J.J. McGee, F.J. Menolascino

      Warm physical help refers to those interactions that promote participation through any physical interventions, such as working hand-in-hand with the person; prompting movements, such as tapping the person's elbow; or any other physical ...

      Google previewHealing Pain (1991)

      Attachment, Loss, and Grief Therapy by Nini Leick, Marianne Davidsen-Nielsen

      Crisis help is the giving of 'first aid' when the loss or the traumatic experience is so overwhelming that the emotions...

      Crisis help is a task for both the private network and for the physician, minister, social worker or other professional helper ...

      Google previewSelf Help Book: The Dictionary Of Life (2013)

      Relationship Books - A Personal Development Guide to Happiness by I.B Opene

      Help eachotherlearn by being very playful and childlike again.The more playful, adventurous andjoyful youboth are inaromantic relationship, marriage or friendship the more that relationship will grow. Also learn toforgive by overlooking ...

      Google previewEncyclopedia of Catholic Devotions and Practices

      HELP OF CHRISTIANS, OUR LADY An ancient Marian devotion. More than a thousand Byzantine texts of early times refer to Mary as "Empress Helper." An inscription found among the ruins of basilicas in fifth-century Africa reads: "Holy Mary, ...

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      Usage statistics about help

      The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

      Usage statistics for the verb help:

      spoken English43.8%written English56.2% conversational speech39.69%task-oriented speech60.31% imaginative writing51.1%informational writing48.9%

      Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun help:

      helperassistantassistancesupporteraidhelpservice

      Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb help:

      availaidfacilitateassistservehelp

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      Quotes about Help

      Self-help must precede help from others. Even for making certain of help from heaven, one has to help oneself. (Morarji Ranchhodji Desai)
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      Scrabble value of H4E1L1P3

      The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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