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Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
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Etymology 1

From Old English help.

Noun

Singular
help

Plural
s

help (s)
  1. (uncountable) Action given to provide assistance; aid.
    I need some help with my homework.
  2. (not used in plural form) A person or persons who provide assistance with some task.
    He was a great help to me when I was moving house.
  3. (countable) A person employed to help in the maintenance of a house.
    The help is coming round this morning to clean.
Synonyms
  • (action given to provide assistance): aid, assistance
  • (person or persons who provide assistance):
  • (person employed to help in the maintenance of a house):
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

Old English helpan

Verb

Infinitive
to help

Third person singular
helps

Simple past
helped or (archaic) holp

Past participle
helped or (archaic) holpen

Present participle
helping

to help (third-person singular simple present helps, present participle helping, simple past helped or (archaic) holp, past participle helped or (archaic) holpen)
  1. (transitive) To provide assistance to (someone or something).
    He helped his grandfather cook breakfast.
  2. (transitive) To contribute in some way to.
    The white paint on the walls helps make the room look brighter.
  3. (intransitive) To provide assistance.
    She was struggling with the groceries, so I offered to help.
  4. (transitive) To avoid; to prevent; to refrain from; to restrain (oneself). Usually used in nonassertive contexts with can.
    We couldn’t help noticing that you were late.
    We couldn’t help but notice that you were late.
    She’s trying not to smile, but she can’t help herself.
    Can I help it if I'm so beautiful?
    Can I help it that I fell in love with you?
    Are they going to beat us?Not if I can help it!
Usage notes
Synonyms
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Translations

Interjection

help

  1. I/we desperately need assistance!
    Help! We're under attack!
Synonyms
  • mayday! (used by vessels and aircraft)
Translations

Dutch

Verb

help

  1. The first-person singular present tense of helpen.
  2. The imperative form of helpen.

Old English

Etymology

Common Germanic *helpo

Noun

help f.

  1. help

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