Synonyms of help in English:

help


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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

    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

    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