ADJ. big, enormous, great, invaluable, real, substantial, tremendous, valuable You've been a big help?thanks. It's a great help having you around. This is the first scheme to offer real help to working mothers. | generous | direct The careers officer gives direct help as well as advice. | mutual, self- The system is based on mutual help rather than on payment for services. a best-selling author of self-help books | voluntary The homeless centre relies entirely on voluntary help. | immediate | individual Teachers have little time to give individual help to students. | expert, skilled, technical | outside They can usually manage by themselves, but occasionally need outside help. | financial, legal, medical, practical, professional When the symptoms persisted, I decided to seek medical help.
VERB + HELP appeal for, ask for, beg for, call for, scream for, seek, send for, shout for, summon Police are appealing for help in catching the killers. I opened the window and called for help. | bring, enlist, fetch, find, get He enlisted the help of a private detective in his search for the truth. He ran to get help. | need, want Do you need any help unloading the car? | get, receive | accept He's too proud to accept help. | come to, give sb, offer (sb), provide (sb with) Passers-by came to the woman's help when she was mugged.
HELP + VERB arrive, come He lay injured for four hours before help arrived. | be at hand (informal) Don't panic?help is at hand.
HELP + NOUN desk, line (also helpline) For further information, phone our helpline.
PREP. beyond ~ Some of the injured animals were beyond help and had to be destroyed. | of ~ The manual is too technical to be of help to the inexperienced user. | with ~ With a little help, I think I could fix the computer myself. We broke open the lock with the help of a spanner. | ~ for The training centre provides special help for the long-term unemployed. | ~ from With help from a parent, a child can do simple cooking. | ~ in Local teachers provided invaluable help in developing the material. | ~ to She's been a big help to her father. | ~ with He'll need help with this homework.
PHRASES an appeal/a plea/a request for help The family's request for help went unanswered. | a cry for help I heard a cry for help from inside the building. | in need of help The man was clearly in need of urgent medical help. | an offer of help He rudely rejected her kind offer of help.
1 do sth for sb
ADV. a lot My mother helps me a lot. | a bit | solicitously He solicitously helped her back into the chair. | out
VERB + HELP be able/unable to, can/could Can you help me with my homework? | try to I was only trying to help out.
PREP. across I helped her across the road. | into, out of She helped the old man out of the car. | with We all help with the housework.
PHRASES help sb to their feet Mike helped the old lady to her feet. | a way of helping the best way of helping your child
2 make sth easier/better
ADV. enormously, greatly, immeasurably, a lot, really, tremendously Talking to a counsellor helped her enormously. The whole process was greatly helped by the widespread availability of computers. | a bit, a little | certainly It certainly helped that her father is a duke!
VERB + HELP be designed to The minimum wage is designed to help people in low-pay service industries.
PREP. in Iron helps in the formation of red blood cells.