1. (v. t.) To furnish with strength or means for the successful performance of any action or the attainment of any object; to aid; to assist; as, to help a man in his work; to help one to remember; -- the following infinitive is commonly used without to; as, Help me scale yon balcony.

2. (v. t.) To furnish with the means of deliverance from trouble; as, to help one in distress; to help one out of prison.

3. (v. t.) To furnish with relief, as in pain or disease; to be of avail against; -- sometimes with of before a word designating the pain or disease, and sometimes having such a word for the direct object.

4. (v. t.) To change for the better; to remedy.

5. (v. t.) To prevent; to hinder; as, the evil approaches, and who can help it?

6. (v. t.) To forbear; to avoid.

7. (v. t.) To wait upon, as the guests at table, by carving and passing food.

8. (v. i.) To lend aid or assistance; to contribute strength or means; to avail or be of use; to assist.

9. (v. t.) Strength or means furnished toward promoting an object, or deliverance from difficulty or distress; aid; ^; also, the person or thing furnishing the aid; as, he gave me a help of fifty dollars.

10. (v. t.) Remedy; relief; as, there is no help for it.

11. (n.) A helper; one hired to help another; also, the hole force of hired helpers in any business.

12. (v. t.) Specifically, a domestic servant, man or woman.

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