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Definition: To help out
(h[e^]lp), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Helped
(Obs. imp. Holp
(h[=o]lp), p. p. Holpen
pr. & vb. n. Helping
.] [AS. helpan; akin to OS. helpan, D.
helpen, G. helfen, OHG. helfan, Icel. hj[=a]lpa, Sw. hjelpa,
Dan. hielpe, Goth. hilpan; cf. Lith. szelpti, and Skr. klp to
1. To furnish with strength or means for the successful
performance of any action or the attainment of any object;
to aid; to assist; as, to help a man in his work; to help
one to remember; -- the following infinitive is commonly
used without to; as, “Help me scale yon balcony.”
2. To furnish with the means of deliverance from trouble; as,
to help one in distress; to help one out of prison. “God
help, poor souls, how idly do they talk!”
3. To furnish with relief, as in pain or disease; to be of
avail against; -- sometimes with of before a word
designating the pain or disease, and sometimes having such
a word for the direct object. “To help him of his
The true calamus helps coughs. --Gerarde.
4. To change for the better; to remedy.
Cease to lament for what thou canst not help.
5. To prevent; to hinder; as, the evil approaches, and who
can help it? --Swift.
6. To forbear; to avoid.
I can not help remarking the resemblance betwixt him
and our author. --Pope.
7. To wait upon, as the guests at table, by carving and
To help forward
, to assist in advancing.
To help off
, to help to go or pass away, as time; to assist
in removing. --Locke.
To help on
, to forward; to promote by aid.
To help out
, to aid, as in delivering from a difficulty, or
to aid in completing a design or task.
The god of learning and of light
Would want a god himself to help him out. --Swift.
To help over
, to enable to surmount; as, to help one over
To help to
, to supply with; to furnish with; as, to help
one to soup.
To help up
, to help (one) to get up; to assist in rising,
as after a fall, and the like. “A man is well holp up
that trusts to you.”
Syn: To aid; assist; succor; relieve; serve; support;
Usage: To Help
. These words all agree in
the idea of affording relief or support to a person
under difficulties. Help turns attention especially to
the source of relief. If I fall into a pit, I call for
help; and he who helps me out does it by an act of his
own. Aid turns attention to the other side, and
supposes co["o]peration on the part of him who is
relieved; as, he aided me in getting out of the pit; I
got out by the aid of a ladder which he brought.
Assist has a primary reference to relief afforded by a
person who “stands by”
in order to relieve. It
denotes both help and aid. Thus, we say of a person
who is weak, I assisted him upstairs, or, he mounted
the stairs by my assistance. When help is used as a
noun, it points less distinctively and exclusively to
the source of relief, or, in other words, agrees more
closely with aid. Thus we say, I got out of a pit by
the help of my friend.
, v. i.
To lend aid or assistance; to contribute strength or means;
to avail or be of use; to assist.
A generous present helps to persuade, as well as an
agreeable person. --Garth.
To help out
, to lend aid; to bring a supply.