Helps vs. Help

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  • Helps (noun)

    plural of help

  • Help (noun)

    Action given to provide assistance; aid.

    “I need some help with my homework.”

  • Help (noun)

    Something or someone which provides assistance with a task.

    “He was a great help to me when I was moving house.”

    “I’ve printed out a list of math helps.”

  • Help (noun)

    Documentation provided with computer software, etc. and accessed using the computer.

    “I can’t find anything in the help about rotating an image.”

  • Help (noun)

    One or more people employed to help in the maintenance of a house or the operation of a farm or enterprise.

    “The help is coming round this morning to clean.”

    “Most of the hired help is seasonal, for the harvest.”

  • Help (noun)

    Correction of deficits, as by psychological counseling or medication or social support or remedial training.

    “His suicide attempts were a cry for help.”

    “He really needs help in handling customer complaints.”

    ““He’s a real road-rager.” / “Yup, he really needs help, maybe anger management.””

  • Help (verb)

    To provide assistance to (someone or something).

    “He helped his grandfather cook breakfast.”

  • Help (verb)

    To assist (a person) in getting something, especially food or drink at table; used with to.

    “It is polite to help your guests to food before serving yourself.”

    “Help yourself to whatever’s in the fridge.”

  • Help (verb)

    To contribute in some way to.

    “The white paint on the walls helps make the room look brighter.”

    “If you want to get a job, it helps to have some prior experience.”

  • Help (verb)

    To provide assistance.

    “She was struggling with the groceries, so I offered to help.”

    “Please, help!”

  • Help (verb)

    To avoid; to prevent; to refrain from; to restrain (oneself). Usually used in nonassertive contexts with can.

    “We couldn’t help noticing that you were late.”

    “We couldn’t help but notice that you were late.”

    “She’s trying not to smile, but she can’t help herself.”

    “Can I help it if I’m so beautiful?”

    “Can I help it that I fell in love with you?”

    “Are they going to beat us?”

    “Not if I can help it!”

  • Help (interjection)

    A cry of distress or an urgent request for assistance

    “ux|en|— Take that, you scoundrel.
    — Help! Robin, help! (Robin Hood (1973))”

  • Help (verb)

    make it easier or possible for (someone) to do something by offering them one’s services or resources

    “the teenager helped out in the corner shop”

    “she helped him find a buyer”

    “they helped her with domestic chores”

  • Help (verb)

    improve (a situation or problem); be of benefit to

    “legislation to fit all new cars with catalytic converters will help”

    “upbeat comments about prospects helped confidence”

  • Help (verb)

    assist (someone) to move

    “I helped her up”

  • Help (verb)

    assist someone to put on or take off (a garment)

    “she would help him off with his coat”

  • Help (verb)

    serve someone with (food or drink)

    “may I help you to some more meat?”

    “she helped herself to a biscuit”

  • Help (verb)

    take something without permission

    “he helped himself to the wages she had brought home”

  • Help (verb)

    cannot or could not avoid

    “he couldn’t help laughing”

    “I’m sorry to put you to any inconvenience, but it can’t be helped”

  • Help (verb)

    cannot or could not stop oneself from doing something

    “she couldn’t help herself; she burst into tears”

  • Help (noun)

    the action of helping someone to do something

    “I asked for help from my neighbours”

  • Help (noun)

    the fact of being useful

    “the skimpy manual isn’t much help for beginners”

  • Help (noun)

    a person or thing that helps

    “he was a great help”

    “she’s been given financial help with travel”

  • Help (noun)

    a domestic employee

    “she has taught herself to cook since the defection of the last of the village helps”

    “the help cleaned up the leftover food and half-drunk cocktails”

  • Help (noun)

    giving assistance to a computer user in the form of displayed instructions

    “a help menu”

  • Help (interjection)

    used as an appeal for urgent assistance

    “Help! I’m drowning!”

Oxford Dictionary

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