"helps" in the noun sense
1. aid, assist, assistance, help
the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
"he gave me an assist with the housework"
"could not walk without assistance"
"rescue party went to their aid"
"offered his help in unloading"
2. assistant, helper, help, supporter
a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
"my invaluable assistant"
"they hired additional help to finish the work"
3. aid, assistance, help
a person or thing that is a resource that helps make something easier or possible to do
"visual aids in teaching"
"his job was to give technical assistance over the phone"
4. avail, help, service
a means of serving
"of no avail"
"there's no help for it"
"helps" in the verb sense
1. help, assist, aid
give help or assistance be of service
"Everyone helped out during the earthquake"
"Can you help me carry this table?"
"She never helps around the house"
2. help, aid
improve the condition of
"These pills will help the patient"
3. help, facilitate
be of use
"This will help to prevent accidents"
4. help oneself, help
abstain from doing always used with a negative
"I can't help myself
5. serve, help
help to some food help with food or drink
"I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"
contribute to the furtherance of
"This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries"
7. avail, help
take or use
"She helped herself to some of the office supplies"
improve change for the better
"New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture"
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