Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Other girls marry persons whom they do not love, and it helps them to forget.

The scene follows in which she plays squire to Antony and helps to buckle on his armour.

He lights his pipe, and many an evening he helps me with the dishes.

I know the ropes and it helps me at the office to bring in hot features.

It helps one, or should help one, to realise both, and not to be too conceited about either.

Darkness is quite unnecessary, but I think it helps one to concentrate.'

Everything that we learn is the mastery of a difficulty; and the mastery of one helps to the mastery of others.

They claim it both suits the Aster and helps to keep off root-lice.

If it helps you, you pay for it—if it does not help you, you do not pay for it.

In regard to the use of these helps a few words may be needed.


Old English help (m.), helpe (f.) "assistance, succor;" see help (v.). Most Germanic languages also have the noun form, cf. Old Norse hjalp, Swedish hjälp, Old Frisian helpe, Dutch hulp, Old High German helfa, German Hilfe. Use of help as euphemism for "servant" is American English, 1640s, tied up in notions of class and race.

Though help also meant "assistant, helper, supporter" in Middle English (c.1200).