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verb help pronunciation in British English /help/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlehelping
past tensehelped
past participlehelped
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to give someone support or information so that they can do something more easily
    If you are finding that difficult, I could help you.
    Mary was anxious to help.
    help someone (to) do something: Can you help me find my glasses?
    help someone with something: Her brother offered to help her with her homework.
    help someone through something: They helped me through a very difficult time.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to support someone when they move from one position to another or when they do some other action
    I’ll help you to the door.
    Can I help you off with your coat (=help you to take it off)?
  3. 3
    [transitive] to give someone something, especially food or drink
    help someone to something: Can I help you to more vegetables?
    help yourself to something (=take some of it): Help yourselves to more wine.
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a situation better
    More police officers on the streets would help.
    Organic farming methods help the environment.
    1. a.
      to make it easier to achieve something
      help (to) do something: The new measure will help boost trade.
      We hope this helps to clarify the situation.
      help towards: Further study will help towards a better understanding of the problem.


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