big, considerable, enormous, great, huge, immense, invaluable, real, substantial, tremendous, valuable

You've been a big help—thanks.

It's a great help having you around.

This plan offers real help to working mothers.


The careers officer gives direct help as well as advice.

additional, extra

Is there any extra help for disabled students?


The system is based on mutual help rather than on payment for services.

voluntary (BrE), volunteer

The homeless shelter relies entirely on volunteer help.

federal, international

The organization provides emergency help for refugees.


The software comes with excellent online help.


Teachers have little time to give individual help to students.

expert, skilled, specialist (BrE), technical

They can usually manage by themselves, but occasionally need outside help.

domestic, household (esp. AmE), kitchen
financial, legal, medical, professional, psychiatric

When the symptoms persisted, I decided to seek medical help.

Injured dancers should always seek professional help.

get, have, receive

They had substantial help from farmers.

appeal for (esp. BrE), ask for, beg for, call for, request, scream for, seek, send for, shout for, solicit (esp. AmE)

Police are appealing for help in catching the killers.

I opened the window and called for help.

bring, enlist, fetch (BrE), find, get, obtain, recruit, summon

He enlisted the help of a private detective in his search for the truth.

He ran to get help.

could use (AmE), need, require, want

Do you need any help unloading the car?


He's too proud to accept help.

come to, give sb, offer (sb), provide (sb with)

Passers-by came to the woman's help when she was mugged.

appreciate, welcome

I really appreciate your help.

arrive, come

He lay injured for four hours before help arrived.

be at hand (informal)

Don't panic—help is at hand.

desk, line (usually helpdesk, helpline)

For further information, call our helpline.


The program has a help menu.

beyond help

Some of the injured animals were beyond help and had to be destroyed.

of help

The manual is too technical to be of help to the user.

with help

With a little help, I think I could fix the computer myself.

We broke open the lock with the help of a hammer.

help for

They provide special help for the long-term unemployed.

help from

With help from a parent, a child can do simple cooking.

help in

Local teachers provided invaluable help in developing the material.

help to

She's been a big help to her father.

help with

He'll need help with this homework.

an appeal, a plea, a request, etc. for help

The family's request for help went unanswered.

a cry for help

I heard a cry for help from inside the building.

in need of help

The man was clearly in need of urgent medical help.

an offer of help

He rudely rejected her kind offer of help.

1 do sth for sb
a lot

My mother helps me a lot.

a bit (esp. BrE), a little

He gently helped her back into the chair.


He had actively helped many Jews to escape.

be able to, can

Can you help me with my homework?

be unable to, cannot

I'm afraid I can't help you.

try to

I was only trying to help.


I helped her across the road.

out of

She helped the old man out of the car.


We all help with the housework.

help sb to their feet

Mike helped the old lady to her feet.

a way of helping

the best way of helping your child

2 make sth easier/better
considerably, dramatically, enormously, greatly, immeasurably, a lot, really, significantly, tremendously

Talking to a counsellor/counselor helped her enormously.

The whole process was greatly helped by the widespread availability of computers.

a bit (esp. BrE), a little
certainly, definitely, undoubtedly

It certainly helped that her father is a millionaire!


Lavender oil supposedly helps you sleep.


His statement hardly helped his case.

not necessarily

Intense guilt won't necessarily help here.

in some way, somehow

I thought a walk would help somehow.

inadvertently, unwittingly

Many people inadvertently help thieves by leaving keys in full view.

be designed to

The minimum wage is designed to help people in low-pay service industries.


Iron helps in the formation of red blood cells.

Help is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑drug
Help is used with these nouns as the object: ↑business, ↑case, ↑cause, ↑client, ↑customer, ↑digestion, ↑economy, ↑immigrant, ↑industry, ↑mankind, ↑morale, ↑neighbour, ↑pain, ↑prepare, ↑rebel, ↑recovery, ↑refugee, ↑relative, ↑sick, ↑situation, ↑student, ↑sufferer, ↑survivor, ↑victim

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  • help*/*/*/ — [help] verb I 1) [I/T] to give someone support or information so that they can do something more easily Can you help me find my glasses?[/ex] Her brother offered to help her with her homework.[/ex] Her work involves helping people to find… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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  • help — [help] vt. [ME helpen < OE helpan, akin to Ger helfen < IE base * k̑elb , *k̑elp , to help > early Lith sělbinos, to aid] 1. to make things easier or better for (a person); aid; assist; specif., a) to give (one in need or trouble)… …   English World dictionary

  • — „Ihr Amtshelfer im Internet“ ist eine behördenübergreifende Plattform der österreichischen Bundesverwaltung. (kurz „HELP“) begann 1997 als Informationsangebot über Behördenwege für die Bürger und hat sich seither zu einer Drehscheibe… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Help — Help, n. [AS. help; akin to D. hulp, G. h[ u]lfe, hilfe, Icel. hj[=a]lp, Sw. hjelp, Dan. hielp. See {Help}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. Strength or means furnished toward promoting an object, or deliverance from difficulty or distress; aid; ^; also …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Help! — Studioalbum von The Beatles Veröffentlichung 6. August 1965 Label Parlophone / Capitol / …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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