Synonyms of help in English:

help


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See Spanish definition of ayudar

verb

1‘they helped her with domestic chores’

SYNONYMS
assist, aid, help out, lend a hand to, lend a helping hand to, give assistance to, come to the aid of, succour, aid and abet
be of service to, be of use to, be useful to
do someone a favour, do someone a service, do someone a good turn, bail someone out, bale someone out, come to someone's rescue, give someone a leg up
cooperate with, do one's bit for, rally round, pitch in, chip in
informal get someone out of a tight spot, save someone's bacon, save someone's skin
British informal muck in with, get stuck in with
ANTONYMS

hinder

2‘using this affinity card helps cancer research’

SYNONYMS
support, contribute to, give money to, give a donation to
promote, boost, give a boost to, back, give backing to, forward, encourage, further the interests of
North American informal bankroll
ANTONYMS

impede

3‘sore throats can be helped by gargles’

SYNONYMS
relieve, soothe, ameliorate, alleviate, make better, ease, improve, assuage, palliate, lessen, mitigate
remedy, cure, heal, restore
ANTONYMS

worsen, aggravate

4‘can I help you?’

SYNONYMS
serve, be of assistance to, be of help to, be of service to, give help to

noun

1‘I asked for help from my neighbours’

SYNONYMS
assistance, aid, a helping hand, support, succour, advice, guidance, solution
benefit, use, advantage, service, comfort, avail
cooperation, collaboration, backing, encouragement
informal a shot in the arm
ANTONYMS

hindrance

2‘he sought help for his eczema’

SYNONYMS
relief, amelioration, alleviation, easing, improvement, assuagement, mitigation, healing
a remedy, a cure, a balm, a salve, a restorative, a corrective
ANTONYMS

irritant

3‘they treated the help like dirt’

SYNONYMS
domestic worker, domestic help, domestic servant, cleaner, cleaning woman, cleaning lady, home help, maid, housemaid, housekeeper, servant, hired help, helper, assistant, employee, worker
British informal daily, daily woman, skivvy, Mrs Mop
British dated charwoman, charlady, char
archaic scullion, abigail

Phrases

    help oneself to

    ‘he helped himself to the wages she had brought home’


    SYNONYMS
    steal, take, appropriate, take possession of, pocket, purloin, commandeer, make free with, use without asking
    informal swipe, nab, filch, snaffle, liberate, blag, walk off with, run off with
    British informal nick, pinch, whip, knock off
    North American informal heist, glom
    West Indian informal tief
    cannot help

    ‘he could not help laughing’


    SYNONYMS
    be unable to stop, be unable to prevent oneself from, be unable to refrain from, be unable to keep from, be unable to forbear from, be unable to break the habit of