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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Help \Help\ (h[e^]lp), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Helped (h[e^]lpt)
     (Obs. imp. Holp (h[=o]lp), p. p. Holpen (h[=o]l"p'n)); p.
     pr. & vb. n. Helping.] [AS. helpan; akin to OS. helpan, D.
     helpen, G. helfen, OHG. helfan, Icel. hj[=a]lpa, Sw. hjelpa,
     Dan. hielpe, Goth. hilpan; cf. Lith. szelpti, and Skr. klp to
     be fitting.]
     1. 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."
        --Longfellow.
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     2. To furnish with the means of deliverance from trouble; as,
        to help one in distress; to help one out of prison. "God
        help, poor souls, how idly do they talk!" --Shak.
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     3. 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. "To help him of his
        blindness." --Shak.
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              The true calamus helps coughs.        --Gerarde.
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     4. To change for the better; to remedy.
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              Cease to lament for what thou canst not help.
                                                    --Shak.
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     5. To prevent; to hinder; as, the evil approaches, and who
        can help it? --Swift.
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     6. To forbear; to avoid.
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              I can not help remarking the resemblance betwixt him
              and our author.                       --Pope.
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     7. To wait upon, as the guests at table, by carving and
        passing food.
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     To help forward, to assist in advancing.
  
     To help off, to help to go or pass away, as time; to assist
        in removing. --Locke.
  
     To help on, to forward; to promote by aid.
  
     To help out, to aid, as in delivering from a difficulty, or
        to aid in completing a design or task.
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              The god of learning and of light
              Would want a god himself to help him out. --Swift.
  
     To help over, to enable to surmount; as, to help one over
        an obstacle.
  
     To help to, to supply with; to furnish with; as, to help
        one to soup.
  
     To help up, to help (one) to get up; to assist in rising,
        as after a fall, and the like. "A man is well holp up that
        trusts to you." --Shak.
  
     Syn: To aid; assist; succor; relieve; serve; support;
          sustain; befriend.
  
     Usage: To Help, Aid, Assist. These words all agree in
            the idea of affording relief or support to a person
            under difficulties. Help turns attention especially to
            the source of relief. If I fall into a pit, I call for
            help; and he who helps me out does it by an act of his
            own. Aid turns attention to the other side, and
            supposes co["o]peration on the part of him who is
            relieved; as, he aided me in getting out of the pit; I
            got out by the aid of a ladder which he brought.
            Assist has a primary reference to relief afforded by a
            person who "stands by" in order to relieve. It denotes
            both help and aid. Thus, we say of a person who is
            weak, I assisted him upstairs, or, he mounted the
            stairs by my assistance. When help is used as a noun,
            it points less distinctively and exclusively to the
            source of relief, or, in other words, agrees more
            closely with aid. Thus we say, I got out of a pit by
            the help of my friend.
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