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. an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations

    Synonyms : phobic disorder, phobic neurosis
    Type Of : anxiety disorder
    Examples :
    • phobic disorder is a general term for all phobias


  1. a collarless men's undergarment for the upper part of the body

    Synonyms : singlet, vest
    Type Of : undergarment, unmentionable


  1. the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary

    Synonyms : area, surface area
    Type Of : extent
  2. a wide scope

    Synonyms : sweep
    Type Of : range, ambit, compass, scope, orbit, reach
  3. a wide and open space or area as of surface or land or sky

    Type Of : space


  1. of or relating to gastronomy

    Synonyms : gastronomical
    Examples :
    • gastronomic adventures


  1. immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with

    Synonyms : impregnable, secure, strong, unassailable, unattackable
    Examples :
    • fortifications that made the frontier inviolable
  2. must be kept sacred

    Synonyms : inviolate, sacrosanct
  3. not capable of being violated or infringed

    Synonyms : absolute, infrangible
  4. incapable of being transgressed or dishonored

    Antonyms : violable
    Examples :
    • the person of the king is inviolable
    • an inviolable oath


  1. feelings of excessive pride

    Synonyms : amour propre, self-love, vanity
    Type Of : pride, pridefulness
  2. the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride

    Synonyms : conceitedness, vanity
    Antonyms : humility
    Type Of : trait
  3. an artistic device or effect

    Type Of : device
    Examples :
    • the architect's brilliant conceit was to build the house around the tree
  4. an elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things

    Type Of : image, figure, figure of speech, trope
  5. a witty or ingenious turn of phrase

    Type Of : turn of phrase, turn of expression
    Examples :
    • he could always come up with some inspired off-the-wall conceit


  1. marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions

    Synonyms : disconnected
    Examples :
    • abrupt prose
  2. extremely steep

    Synonyms : precipitous, sharp
    Examples :
    • an abrupt canyon
  3. exceedingly sudden and unexpected

    Examples :
    • came to an abrupt stop
    • an abrupt change in the weather
  4. surprisingly and unceremoniously brusque in manner

    Examples :
    • an abrupt reply