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help (v)

to help, support, succor; benefit, do good to; cure, amend (transitive, class III strong verb; past tense), a word of uncertain origin. Perhaps it is cognate with Lithuanian

The intransitive sense of afford aid or assistance, is attested from early 13c. The word is recorded as a cry of distress from late 14c. The sense of serve someone with food at table (1680s) is translated from Frenchservirto help, stead, avail, and led tohelping(n.) portion of food.

Help yourselfas an invitation, in reference to food, etc., is from 1894. Related:Helped(c. 1300). The Middle English past participleholpensurvives in biblical and U.S. dialectal use.

Old Englishhelp(m.),helpe(f.) assistance, succor, from Proto-Germanic*helpo(source also of Old Norsehjalp, Swedishhjälp, Old Frisianhelpe, Dutchhulp, Old High Germanhelfa, GermanHilfe), from the source ofhelp(v.).

The use ofhelpas euphemism for servant is American English, 1640s (originally in New England). Bartlett (1848) describes it as The common name in New England for servants, and for the operatives in a cotton or woollen factory. Most early 19c. English writers travelling in America seem to have taken a turn at explaining this to the home folks.

A domestic servant of American birth, and without negro blood in his or her veins ... is not a servant, but a help. Help wanted, is the common heading of advertisements in the North, when servants are required. [Chas. Mackay, Life and Liberty in America, 1859].

Buthelpalso meant assistant, helper, supporter in Middle English (c. 1200).

aid, assistance, late 13c., verbal noun fromhelp(v.). Meaning act of serving food is from 1824; that of a portion of food is from 1883.

late 14c., fromhelp(n.) +-ful. Related:

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the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose;

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

a person or thing that is a resource that helps make something easier or possible to do;

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