helphelp2 ●●● S1 W1 noun 1 [uncountable]HELP things you do to make it easier or possible for someone to do something Thank you for all your help.help with something/with doing something Do you want any help with the washing up?help to do something I could do with some help to bring the bags in from the car.help (in) doing something He asked for my help in getting an interview with her.with the help of somebody/with somebody’s help We manage, with the help of a nurse who comes daily.2 [singular, uncountable]HELP if someone or something is a help to you, they are useful and make it easier for you to do something That map isn’t much help.with the help of something I managed to make myself understood with the help of a phrase book.be of great/little/no/some etc help (to somebody) Let me know if I can be of any help to you.be a (great/big/tremendous/real etc) help (to somebody) Any information would be a great help. You’ve been a real help to me, Carrie.3 [uncountable]HELP advice, treatment, information, or money which is given to people who need it A lot of these children need professional help.help with You may be able to ask for help with the rent. We received no help from the police.4 [uncountable] a part of a computer program that helps someone using it by giving additional information5 → the helpCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: things you do to make it easier or possible for someone to do somethingverbsgive somebody helpDo you want me to give you some help?ask (somebody) for helpHe asked for help with the cleaning.need helpSome of the older patients need help with walking.get/receive helpShe gets no help from her husband.offer (your) helpThe taxi driver offered his help and we accepted.provide helpThe government should do more to provide help for people who are looking for work.appeal for help (=publicly ask for help)The police are appealing for help to track down the killer.enlist somebody’s help (=persuade someone to help you)She enlisted the help of a private investigator to find her missing son.find helpTo get it finished by tomorrow, we’ll need to find help from somewhere.THESAURUShelp the things you do to make it easier or possible for someone to do somethingNow that I’m working, the kids need to give me more help with the housework.The book would never have been finished without his help.assistance help. Assistance is more formal than help, and is used especially about people giving official helpThe police are asking the public for their assistance.The project received financial assistance from the government.Thank you very much for your assistance, sir.He set up the business with the assistance of his two sons.aid help. Aid is more formal than help, and is used especially about money, food, medicine etc. that is given to countries or people that are in a very bad situationAid is being sent to areas affected by the earthquake.The US spends billions of dollars on aid to developing countries.Another driver stopped and came to his aid.support help and encouragementThanks to everyone who gave us their support.We could not have won the case without your support.cooperation help – used especially when people, organizations, or countries work together to get things done, and show that they are willing to do thisa spirit of international cooperationThe cooperation of landowners was needed for the plan to succeed.backup extra people, equipment etc that can be used in case people need helpThe officer waited for backup to arrive before making any arrests.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 3: advice, treatment, information, or money which is given to people who need itadjectivesfinancial helpWe received a lot of financial help from my family.professional helpYou need to seek some professional help.medical helpShe needs urgent medical help.legal helpYou can find free legal help for your problem by logging onto our website.technical helpI might need some technical help understanding the instructions.practical helpThe organization offers practical help with finding accommodation.expert helpIf the issues are complex, expert help can be sought from the adoption agency.verbsget/receive help from somebodyYou will be able to get confidential help from your doctor.give (somebody) helpThe fund was set up to give financial help to war veterans.provide helpIf you have to move, we provide financial help towards the cost.offer helpWe offer free help for people with debts.seek help (=ask for help)He decided to seek medical help for his drink problem.
Examples from the Corpushelp• Children can compete for the parent's favour and help, which obscures the real cause of the argument.• If I need any help I'll call you.• I'm having trouble paying the rent, but I don't want to ask my parents for help.• a plea for help• You go get help - I'll wait here with the car.• It's hard to get good help these days.• Henry went to see if help was needed.• Then, with the right attitude and a little help from your friends you are ready.• We managed to buy the house with a little help from Dave's parents.• Nestor made them heartily welcome, but about the object of their coming he could give them little help.• I don't think I can be much help to you, to be honest.• Kelly hasn't been much help either.• And the descriptions of the two men have been too varied to give much help to detectives.• Would you like some help with those suitcases?• She enlists the help of psychiatrist / author Sigourney Weaver, an expert on serial killers.• With the help of a nicotine patch she was able to quit smoking.• I really want to thank you for all your help.help with something/with doing something• Do you need some help with the stroller?be a (great/big/tremendous/real etc) help (to somebody)• Two locals, one aged 19, the other in his early 20s, were arrested and were helping inquiries last night.• He is helping to focus debate and to underline the dissatisfaction with the Republican field.• I thought I was helping, but I just want to throw the coffee out of the window.• It was a help when I received letters.• Obstacles to integration Three disabled students are helping Barnados research the move from special to mainstream education.• But my wife was a big help.