Translation of help in Spanish:


ayudar, v.

Pronunciation /hɛlp/

See Spanish definition of ayudar

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(assist)

      to help sb (to) + inf ayudar a algn a + inf

      • I tried to help her with her homework
      can I help you? ¿qué desea?
      • apologizing now won't help you pedir perdón ahora no te va a servir de nada
      • Long-term funding is desperately being sought for a voluntary service that helps local victims of domestic violence.
      • Well, I helped out then and Boris is helping me out now.
      • Sometimes we were helped out by relations and friends with muscles and, of course, the boys chipped in.
      • The service helps client choose the right kind of invitation cards, the grooming and the beauty treatment and the wedding shopping.
      • An advisory service helps parents to buy wheelchairs, braces, special shoes and equipment for their children.
      • It is a six-week service which helps elderly clients ‘get back on their feet’.
      • A mediation service which helps young people at risk of becoming homeless is celebrating its first birthday.
      • This is a voluntary run service which helps families under stress who have children under five years of age.
      • But he credits his religion and several social service groups with helping him slowly regain a sense of normalcy.
      • There was a secret service agent that was helping me with first aid - he's now the chief of the Capitol Police.
      • Staff work around the clock to ensure these youngsters cram as much into their short years as possible while helping their parents to come to terms with the inevitable.
      • Her colleagues have been helping her in all possible ways, including reading out the latest developments in the field.
      • The service includes helping users to get up in the morning, bed baths, and other domestic activities that they may not be able to perform on their own.
      • Former librarian Karen Bali has set up a service helping people trace their family and friends.
      • The crazy culture sweeping this country is driving up insurance costs and making vital services think twice before helping us.
      • Those stories are filtered as little as possible to help the readers find the stories they want.
      • We are not searching for a cure, just the best possible education to help him reach his potential.
      • After using the services at a local credit counseling service that helps members with debt reduction, she was able to get on the road to rebuilding her credit.
      • Its main product is a Web-based service that helps doctors run their practices more efficiently and more profitably.
      • It often includes supporting material that helps readers see why the story is important.

    • 1.2

      help + adv compl ayudar a + inf

      • she helped the old lady across the road
      • my friends helped me through this crisis
      • let me help you down with your luggage
      see also help out

  • 2

    (avoid, prevent)
    I can't help it no lo puedo remediar
    • I can't help the way I look si soy así ¿qué (le) voy a hacer?
    • they can't help being poor no tienen la culpa de ser pobres
    • don't cough more than you can help trata de toser lo menos posible
    • one couldn't help thinking that she was right uno no podía menos que pensar que ella tenía razón
    • can I help it if he's always late? ¿tengo yo la culpa de que llegue siempre tarde?
    • As he got closer to Stuart, he couldn't help but laugh when he saw how filthy she was.
    • She did a funny little curtsy which Josh and Silver couldn't help but laugh at.
    • I couldn't help but think that their owners would have felt considerable heartache.
    • He was so full of himself and so confident that he was going to make it big you couldn't help but fall in love with him.
    • Reviewing my labours over a cup of steaming hot coffee I couldn't help but think it had all been too easy.
    • Even as her biceps rippled with pride, I couldn't help but reflect that life is too short.
    • The following week, when back at home, we couldn't help but think of this video and the impact of it.
    • He was ignorant, and obnoxious, but you still couldn't help but feel sorry for him.
    • This is intended as a condemnation, but I couldn't help but read it as a compliment.
    • The referees couldn't help but hear them shouting for the decisions to go our way.
    • He watched his sister depart sadly and he couldn't help but worry about her.
    • Even so, he couldn't help but feel inferior to the men gathered in this room.
    • I heard Ted Kennedy speaking last night and couldn't help but notice the man is losing his voice.
    • As much as Jade despised him, she couldn't help but gush at his gorgeous smile!
    • I hated fighting with her, but the time I couldn't help but feel it was unavoidable.
    • Joan could feel tears well up in her eyes and she couldn't help but love her brother for who he was.
    • Evander felt something clutch at him and he also couldn't help but notice who Christian was with.
    • At the same time, she couldn't help but wonder if she actually had to tell him about the whole encounter.
    • I stared over at the picture of Matt and couldn't help but smile at his half-smile.
    • He stared at her thoughtfully, and she couldn't help but notice the intelligence in his eyes.
  • 3

    (serve food, goods)
    to help sb to sth servirle algo a algn
    • Everyone helps themselves to some juicy grilled hamburgers, some plump sausages and some plastic covered hotdogs.
    • Dave pours another plastic cup of sherry and helps himself to his 173rd Cadburys bar while ignoring colleagues' pleas of ‘Those were bought for the whole office, you know!’
    • He always tries to eat my food and if we have visitors he often gets on to their chair and helps himself.
    • Sat at the kitchen table, with his fiancée, Sarah Wilson, at his side, he spots a bag of crisps and eagerly helps himself, as he recounts his ordeal over the last nine months.
    • She helps herself to some of the leftovers and everyone notices again.
    • She eats one of your bananas and helps herself to a yoghurt before the doorbell rings.
    • At the Bamboo it's basically a question of going in, taking a seat and then helping yourself as many times as you want to all you can eat.
    • No-one is going to complain if you eat two or three of the pieces, but what would happen if you stood there helping yourself to piece after piece?
    • House guests drift in and out of the kitchen, helping themselves to cups of coffee.
    • It's well stocked with cocktail sausages and party food so don't worry about helping yourself to it all.
    • Helping yourself to all of the Parma ham or finishing the milk is just looking for trouble.
    • It has been long known that helping yourself frequently to fish can keep your heart from breaking, so to say.
    • We moved close to an extremely scruffy exotic food mart where birds flew around helping themselves to the bulk bins of bulgur and excreting onto the green peppers.
    • They ate food without their mother, helping themselves to chicken pulao, butter lentil and cucumber salad.
    • I'd read an account of firefighters helping themselves to almond biscotti in the shattered branches of Starbucks in and around Ground Zero, and if you thought hard about it there was real black irony in there somewhere.
    • Sources claim the sexy model and four female friends started helping themselves to spicy chicken wings and alcohol which had been laid out for rap stars.
    • The raiders broke into the community centre where the toddler group meets and ransacked four rooms, helping themselves to drinks and chocolate that had been bought for the tots.
    • Mum and Dad spent the next hour trying to explain that it was alright for them to take the money, that we hadn't just stolen the book and helped ourselves and then left an IOU.
    • Now, whenever Grandma visits, Zack is careful to whisper for permission in my ear, before reaching out and helping himself.
    • A postal worker who stole more than £25,000 by helping himself to pension and child benefit payments has been spared jail.
    • So we have a campaign that helps itself to a quarter of a million pounds of your money.
    • It simply helps itself to the findings of genuine experimental science without being instrumental in producing any of these findings.
    • Carr blows his budget by caving in to the public sector unions over the years and therefore helps himself to some extra gaming tax dollars to save the day.
    • Then he helps himself to a bunch of red roses on Darcy's night stand.
    • She complains bitterly when her younger sister helps herself to her cosmetics or clothes, yet seems to think that my rants about her own, er, ‘borrowing’ habits are merely signs of selfishness and bad temper on my part.
    • She also visits every other table and helps herself to their tiny teddies.
    • There's no helping yourself to anything: we have to cause as little harm to the people as possible, as little physical damage as possible.
    • Helping yourself to the bank's money without asking will incur penalties of £30 each time, capped at a ceiling of £90 per month.
    • I would have thought the ability to become invisible could only underline the traditional strategy of surreptitiously helping yourself to extra Monopoly money.
    • It's the same as putting your hand into your neighbour's pocket, taking out his or her wallet and helping yourself to its contents.
    • Don't go digging into your best friend's suitcase and helping yourself to her cashmere cardigan.
    • In many cases their jobs have simply disappeared, gangsters are helping themselves to the nation's treasures and such basic services as electricity and potable water are suddenly no longer reliably available.
    • The Competition Commission will criticise store cards for colluding to keep interest rates high, thereby helping themselves to £80m to £100m of extra credit interest.
    • Looters were busily helping themselves to the weapons.
    • They are only interested in helping themselves to what little you have in your bank account.
    • The inhabitants of Eriskay earned a reputation as whisky lovers after helping themselves to the precious cargo of the SS Politician, which ran aground off the north-east coast of the island in 1941.
    • My impression is that this responsiveness is noted and admired abroad, especially in countries whose leaders are in the habit of helping themselves and rewarding their cronies with ever larger slices of the national cake.

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (person/remark) ayudar
    (tool) servir
    to help to + inf ayudar a + inf
    I was only trying to help! solo quería ayudar
    • calling her a liar didn't help much either llamarla mentirosa tampoco sirvió de mucho
    • it helps to know you're on our side sirve de mucho / es reconfortante saber que nos apoyas
    • I think the worst of the weather is over but the continuing rain will not help the situation and it is likely to get colder again.
    • This situation is not helped by the predicament he has with his wide midfield players.
    • I remain unconvinced that the occupation forces are really helping the situation, instead of continuing to antagonize large sections of the people.
    • So, how is this serious problem helped by making it even more difficult for those debts to be repaid?
    • Writing about it like this helps the situation somewhat, mind you.
    • I don't think what we're doing, like right now, the going back and forth with each other, is really helping the situation.
    • Many factors propel the daily newspaper toward its decline, but the present management of the papers are not helping their situation.
    • If donated food is unhealthy, it isn't helping the problem of hunger - it's making it worse.
    • In Nicaragua today the most obvious need is decent housing and all monies raised from the night will go a long way in helping the situation there.
    • Higher density means fewer long commutes, which helps gridlock problems and is good for the environment.
    • Attempts to alleviate the sanitation problem were not helped by the Black Death itself.
    • The situation isn't helped by the fact he can't remember exactly what he said or did.
    • The situation is not helped by the fact that the mist is making the court damp and slippy.
    • I don't think this story helps their case exactly.
    • He also says the connection between drugs and violence helps his case.
    • A small Yorkshire charity has been helping the plight of Romanian orphans for the past decade.
    • On the question of refugees, suffice to say that the crisis was hardly helped by the bombing campaign itself.
    • Lizzie's plight was not helped by the death in the past month of her doting dad, Seamus.
    • Mackay might as well not be Scottish, for all that it has helped his international prospects.
    • On the romance front, his case was not helped by the chat-up technique he adopted.

reflexive verb

  • 1

    ayudarse (a sí mismo)
    they don't help themselves by insulting their creditors no se hacen ningún favor insultando a sus acreedores
  • 2

    (resist impulse)
    I can't help myself sometimes a veces no me puedo controlar
  • 3

    to help oneself (to sth) servirse (algo)


  • 1

    • 1.1(rescue)

      ayuda feminine
      don't panic: help is on the / its way calma, que ya vienen a ayudarnos
      • help! he's drowning ¡socorro! / ¡auxilio! ¡que se ahoga!
      • to go for help ir a buscar ayuda
      • to send for help mandar a buscar ayuda
      • to call for help pedir ayuda
      • to cry/shout for help pedir ayuda a gritos
      • She gives advice, guidance, help, and motivation to her students at City College.
      • All of you provided me with invaluable help and advice that aided me to gain my first year certificate with a Merit pass.
      • The FBI has also been too reluctant in the past to accept help or advice from other security services.
      • So tonight, I ask for your help in encouraging your representatives to support my plan.
      • With Vincent at the helm the local support group offer help and advice to the asylum seekers.
      • A pensioner was able to call on expert help from a neighbour when a fire broke out at her house in Long Compton.
      • Mrs Clark then heard cries for help from neighbours who had found her son hanging by a ligature from a porch outside his home.
      • They all escaped after jumping from the top floor of the burning house thanks to their neighbours' help.
      • She went to a neighbour's house for help and the neighbour went to Edna's home and called the police.
      • Businesses can tap into a wide range of help and advice on how to make the best use of computer technology at exhibitions next week.
      • It has called on Business Link York and North Yorkshire for help and advice to achieve its aim within three years.
      • Once in treatment caseworkers provide help and advice on keeping drug-free, or finding a job or home.
      • He added that the posters might be seen by a friend or relative of a violent man who could encourage him to seek help to curb his behaviour.
      • The pilot will work with deaf children of all ages, providing help and advice to those with mental health needs.
      • God help us should we as a nation ever need unpaid help from our neighbours.
      • Eventually, the stray let go long enough for her to get away and find help from a neighbour.
      • For any neighbour who needs help, be it doing shopping or something else, he is there.
      • All are protected and encouraged to seek help to make the necessary adjustments.
      • The next step is to provide your ongoing support while encouraging them to get help.
      • With all this it is the hope that Waterford City will become a litter free zone, but we need your help!

    • 1.2(assistance)

      ayuda feminine
      (file/button) (before noun) Computing de ayuda
      there's no help for it (but to + inf) no queda más remedio (que + inf)

      • that's a great help!
      thanks for your help with the dishes gracias por ayudarme con los platos
      • was the book I lent you any help? ¿te sirvió de algo el libro que te presté?
      • can I be of (any) help to you? ¿la/lo puedo ayudar (en algo)?
      • you're a (fat) lot of help ¡qué manera de ayudar la tuya!
      • glad to have been of help me alegro de haber podido ayudar
      • with my mother's help con la ayuda de mi madre
      • financial help ayuda económica
      • medical help asistencia médica
      • help menu menú de ayuda
      • As a result the hardware maker agreed to change its source code, user manuals and help screens.
      • There is a detailed help file and I have found email support adequate for my needs.
      • When was the last time you used an online help system or opened a computer software manual?
      • He's got a lovely script translated from the help files to walk you through!
      • Last time Microsoft patched it by requiring that the help files run from the local file system.
      • According to the help website, it's because using the alt option like this is wrong.
      • For help and advice on downloading this clip see the BBC Audio Video help page.
      • New help topics specifically addressing cookies and cookie management are being added.
      • Do a Windows help search for wireless card properties and power management if you are unsure.
      • Be sure to check out what all the toolbar buttons do, and browse through the help section, too.
      • One would think the author never bothered to read Google's help section!
      • The other main opening tool is the repertoire database, which has good help documentation.
      • Why isn't there a help page indicating how I should structure my queries to get the right results?
      • Requiring them to write is like requiring software developers to write good help files.

  • 2

    personal masculine
    (domestic) servicio doméstico masculine
    I have no help no tengo asistenta / empleada