1. causing or capable of causing harm

    Antonyms : harmless
    Examples :
    • too much sun is harmful to the skin
    • harmful effects of smoking


  1. a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

    Synonyms : assistant, helper, supporter
    Type Of : worker
    Examples :
    • they hired additional help to finish the work
  2. a means of serving

    Synonyms : avail, service
    Type Of : helpfulness
    Examples :
    • there's no help for it
  3. improve the condition of

    Synonyms : aid
    Type Of : amend, ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate
    Examples :
    • These pills will help the patient
  4. give help or assistance; be of service

    Synonyms : aid, assist
    Type Of : support, back up
    Examples :
    • Everyone helped out during the earthquake
    • Can you help me carry this table?
    • She never helps around the house
  5. a person or thing that is a resource that helps make something easier or possible to do

    Synonyms : aid, assistance
    Type Of : resource
  6. the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

    Synonyms : aid, assist, assistance
    Type Of : activity
    Examples :
    • offered his help in unloading
  7. abstain from doing; always used with a negative

    Synonyms : help oneself
    Type Of : refrain, forbear
    Examples :
    • I can't help myself--I have to smoke
    • She could not help watching the sad spectacle
  8. be of use

    Synonyms : facilitate
    Type Of : serve
    Examples :
    • This will help to prevent accidents
  9. help to some food; help with food or drink

    Synonyms : serve
    Type Of : provide, ply, cater, supply
    Examples :
    • I served him three times, and after that he helped himself
  10. take or use

    Synonyms : avail
    Type Of : exploit, work
    Examples :
    • She helped herself to some of the office supplies
  11. contribute to the furtherance of

    Type Of : boost, encourage, promote, advance, further
    Examples :
    • This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries
  12. improve; change for the better

    Type Of : improve, meliorate, ameliorate, amend, better
    Examples :
    • New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture


  1. very unfavorable to life or growth

    Synonyms : uncongenial, unfriendly
    Examples :
    • a hostile climate
  2. characterized by enmity or ill will

    Antonyms : amicable
    Examples :
    • a hostile nation
    • a hostile remark
    • hostile actions
  3. impossible to bring into friendly accord

    Examples :
    • hostile factions
  4. troops belonging to the enemy's military forces

    Antonyms : friendly
    Type Of : troops, soldiery, military personnel
    Examples :
    • the platoon ran into a pack of hostiles
  5. unsolicited and resisted by the management of the target company (used of attempts to buy or take control of a business)

    Examples :
    • hostile takeover
    • hostile tender offer
    • hostile bid
  6. not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally

    Antonyms : friendly
    Examples :
    • hostile naval and air forces


  1. a state in the United States in the central Pacific on the Hawaiian Islands

    Synonyms : aloha state, haw., hawai'i, hawaii
  2. an expression of greeting

    Synonyms : hello, how-do-you-do, howdy, hullo
    Type Of : greeting, salutation


  1. state of violent mental agitation

    Synonyms : craze, delirium, frenzy, fury
    Type Of : manic disorder, mania
  2. neurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks and disturbances of sensory and motor functions

    Synonyms : hysterical neurosis
    Type Of : neuroticism, neurosis, psychoneurosis
  3. excessive or uncontrollable fear

    Type Of : fear, fearfulness, fright


  1. an expression of greeting

    Synonyms : hi, how-do-you-do, howdy, hullo
    Type Of : greeting, salutation
    Examples :
    • every morning they exchanged polite hellos


  1. state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy

    Synonyms : felicity
    Antonyms : unhappiness
    Type Of : spirit, emotional state
  2. emotions experienced when in a state of well-being

    Antonyms : sadness
    Type Of : feeling


  1. longing to return home


  1. your deepest feelings of love and compassion

    Type Of : compassion, compassionateness, love
    Examples :
    • many adoption cases tug at the heartstrings


  1. the act of jumping over an obstacle

    Synonyms : vault
    Type Of : jump, jumping
  2. a light movable barrier that competitors must leap over in certain races

    Type Of : barrier
  3. an obstacle that you are expected to overcome

    Type Of : obstacle, obstruction
    Examples :
    • the last hurdle before graduation
  4. jump a hurdle

    Type Of : vault, overleap