Synonyms: Abet, aid, assist, support
What Does “Help” Mean, and What Other Words Can I Use Instead?
The word “help” is often used as a phrasal verb: help out.
He wanted to help out, but instead, he was making things more complicated.
How Else Can I Ask for “Help?”
Explicitly asking for help may seem daunting to some. Here are other ways to ask for help:
Could you give me a hand?
Do you mind lending me a hand?
I need some assistance.
Can you do me a favor and…?
I need a helping hand, please.
How Else Can the Word “Help” Be Used?
1) To say that someone is helpful is to say that they’re “giving or ready to give help.”
When I first transferred here from LSU, Jackson was extremely helpful in showing me around campus.
2) Helping is the gerund or present participle of the verb form of help.
He was helping her move in.
3) However, helping can also mean “a portion (usually of food) or allocation.”
She had two helpings of rice and beans.
Other Words for Help
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