verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- help oneself,
- help out,
- help screens,
- helper cell
- to serve oneself; take a portion of: Help yourself to the cake.
- to take or use without asking permission; appropriate: They helped themselves to the farmer's apples. Help yourself to any of the books we're giving away.
Origin of help
Examples from the Web for help
That strategy has been used in some cases to help determine GMO policy.
In the end, the clarity that comes from moments of horror can help us recommit to deeper principles.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A Wall Street person should not be allowed to help oversee the Dodd-Frank reforms.
Finding the common bonds that help us realize that we have far more in common than that which separates us.
Many hold classes in their living rooms, asking students to help re-arrange and then later put back furniture.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I won't trespass, he may be very sure of that, and I won't stay in the neighbourhood any longer than I can help.Mitchelhurst Place, Vol. I (of 2)|Margaret Veley
It was his nature to be happy and jolly; he could not help radiating sunshine all the time.The Boy Scouts of the Naval Reserve|Robert Shaler
Never could he look to the old gentleman for a friendly word, or a bit of help over a hard financial place again.The Corner House Girls Growing Up|Grace Brooks Hill
Yes, he had accidentally helped me, and I wished doubly that I might help him.Lady Baltimore|Owen Wister
Hide it not for my help, for my honour, but tell me, Lest my time and thy time be lost days and confusion!Poems By The Way & Love Is Enough|William Morris
- to avoid or refrain fromwe can't help wondering who he is
- (usually foll by it) to prevent or be responsible forI can't help it if it rains
- to serve (someone with food, etc) (usually in the phrase help oneself)may I help you to some more vegetables?; help yourself to peas
- to provide (oneself with) without permissionhe's been helping himself to money out of the petty cash
- on my honour
- no matter whatso help me, I'll get revenge
- a person hired for a job; employee, esp a farm worker or domestic servant
- (functioning as singular) several employees collectively
Word Origin for help
Old English helpan (class III strong verb; past tense healp, past participle holpen) "help, support, succor; benefit, do good to; cure, amend," from Proto-Germanic *helpan (cf. Old Norse hjalpa, Old Frisian helpa, Middle Dutch and Dutch helpen, Old High German helfan, German helfen), from PIE root *kelb- "to help" (cf. Lithuanian selpiu "to support, help").
Recorded as a cry of distress from late 14c. Sense of "serve someone with food at table" (1680s) is translated from French servir "to help, stead, avail," and led to helping "portion of food." Related: Helped (c.1300). The Middle English past participle holpen survives in biblical and U.S. dialectal use.
Old English help (m.), helpe (f.) "assistance, succor;" see help (v.). Most Germanic languages also have the noun form, cf. Old Norse hjalp, Swedish hjälp, Old Frisian helpe, Dutch hulp, Old High German helfa, German Hilfe. Use of help as euphemism for "servant" is American English, 1640s, tied up in notions of class and race.
A domestic servant of American birth, and without negro blood in his or her veins ... is not a servant, but a 'help.' 'Help wanted,' is the common heading of advertisements in the North, when servants are required. [Chas. Mackay, "Life and Liberty in America," 1859].
Though help also meant "assistant, helper, supporter" in Middle English (c.1200).
In addition to the idioms beginning with help
- helping hand
- help oneself
- help out
- can't help but
- every little bit helps
- not if one can help it
- so help me