Aid vs. Help

Aid vs. Help — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Aid and Help

Aidverb

To provide assistance, support, or relief to

aided the researchers in their discovery.aided the prisoners' attempt to escape.

Helpverb

To give assistance to (someone); make it easier for (someone) to do something; aid

She helped me with my project. I helped her find her book.

Aidverb

To provide assistance, support, or relief

aided in the effort to improve services to the elderly.

Helpverb

To give material or financial aid to

help the homeless.

Aidnoun

The act or result of helping; assistance

gave aid to the enemy.

Helpverb

To wait on, as in a store or restaurant

Please help the customer in aisle 20.

Aidnoun

Something that provides help, support, or relief, such as money or supplies

sent medical aid to the region after the storm.

Helpverb

To contribute to the effectiveness or improvement of (something); improve or advance

tax breaks to help create jobs.new ways to help the environment.a remark that didn't help the situation.

Aidnoun

Something, such as a device, that provides improvement

visual aids such as slides.

Helpverb

To ease the pain or discomfort of; relieve

medication to help your cold.

Aidnoun

An assistant or helper.

Helpverb

To refrain from; avoid or resist. Used with can or cannot

couldn't help laughing.

Aidnoun

An aide or aide-de-camp.

Helpverb

To be of service; give assistance

I made a cake, and my friend helped.

Aidnoun

A monetary payment to a feudal lord by a vassal in medieval England.

Helpverb

To be of use or provide relief

He has a bad back, and physical therapy hasn't helped.

Aidnoun

(uncountable) Help; assistance; succor, relief.

He came to my aid when I was foundering.

Helpnoun

The action of helping; assistance

Do you need help with that package?.

Aidnoun

(countable) A helper; an assistant.

Helpnoun

One that helps

You've been a great help. A food processor is a help to the serious cook.

Aidnoun

(countable) Something which helps; a material source of help.

Slimming aids include dietary supplements and appetite suppressants.

Helpnoun

(Archaic) A person employed to help, especially a farm worker or domestic servant.

Aidnoun

An historical subsidy granted to the crown by Parliament for an extraordinary purpose, such as a war effort.

Helpnoun

Such employees considered as a group. Often used with the.

Aidnoun

An exchequer loan.

Helpnoun

(uncountable) Action given to provide assistance; aid.

I need some help with my homework.

Aidnoun

A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his feudal lord on special occasions.

Helpnoun

Something or someone which provides assistance with a task.

He was a great help to me when I was moving house.I've printed out a list of math helps.

Aidnoun

(countable) An aide-de-camp, so called by abbreviation.

The incompetent general's brilliant aid often made priceless suggestions.

Helpnoun

Documentation provided with computer software, etc. and accessed using the computer.

I can't find anything in the help about rotating an image.

Aidverb

(transitive) To (give) support (to); to further the progress of; to help; to assist.

Helpnoun

One or more people employed to help in the maintenance of a house or the operation of a farm or enterprise.

The help is coming round this morning to clean.Most of the hired help is seasonal, for the harvest.

Aidnoun

a resource;

visual aids in teachingeconomic assistance to depressed areas

Helpnoun

(uncountable) Correction of deficits, as by psychological counseling or medication or social support or remedial training.

His suicide attempts were a cry for help.He really needs help in handling customer complaints.“He’s a real road-rager.” / “Yup, he really needs help, maybe anger management.”

Aidnoun

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

he gave me an assist with the houseworkcould not walk without assistancerescue party went to their aidoffered his help in unloading

Helpverb

(transitive) To provide assistance to (someone or something).

He helped his grandfather cook breakfast.

Aidnoun

a gift of money to support a worthy person or cause

Helpverb

(transitive) To assist (a person) in getting something, especially food or drink at table; used with to.

It is polite to help your guests to food before serving yourself.Help yourself to whatever's in the fridge.

Aidnoun

the work of caring for or attending to someone or something;

no medical care was requiredthe old car needed constant attention

Helpverb

(transitive) To contribute in some way to.

The white paint on the walls helps make the room look brighter.If you want to get a job, it helps to have some prior experience.

Aidverb

give help or assistance; be of service;

Everyone helped out during the earthquakeCan you help me carry this table?She never helps around the house

Helpverb

(intransitive) To provide assistance.

She was struggling with the groceries, so I offered to help.Please, help!

Aidverb

improve the condition of;

These pills will help the patient

Helpverb

(transitive) To avoid; to prevent; to refrain from; to restrain (oneself). Usually used in nonassertive contexts with can.

We couldn’t help noticing that you were late.We couldn’t help but notice that you were late.She’s trying not to smile, but she can’t help herself.Can I help it if I'm so beautiful?Can I help it that I fell in love with you?Are they going to beat us?Not if I can help it!

Helpinterjection

A cry of distress or an urgent request for assistance

Helpnoun

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

he gave me an assist with the houseworkcould not walk without assistancerescue party went to their aidoffered his help in unloading

Helpnoun

a resource;

visual aids in teachingeconomic assistance to depressed areas

Helpnoun

a means of serving;

of no availthere's no help for it

Helpnoun

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

my invaluable assistantthey hired additional help to finish the work

Helpverb

give help or assistance; be of service;

Everyone helped out during the earthquakeCan you help me carry this table?She never helps around the house

Helpverb

be of use;

This will help to prevent accidents

Helpverb

improve the condition of;

These pills will help the patient

Helpverb

abstain from doing; always used with a negative;

I can't help myself--I have to smokeShe could not help watching the sad spectacle

Helpverb

contribute to the furtherance of;

This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries

Helpverb

improve; change for the better;

New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture

Helpverb

help to some food; help with food or drink;

I served him three times, and after that he helped himself

Helpverb

take or use;

She helped herself to some of the office supplies