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American English: /hɛlp/
British English: /hɛlp/

Translation of help in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (assist) can I help you? (in shop) apologizing now won't help you
    pedir perdón ahora no te va a servir de nada
    so help me God [formal]
    y que Dios me asista [formal]
    so help me, if he doesn't leave right now [colloquial]
    si no se va ahora mismo, no respondo de mí
    to help somebody (to) + infinitive
    ayudar a alguien a + infinitive
    I tried to help her with her homework
    traté de ayudarla con los deberes
    a man is helping police with their enquiries (British) [euphemistic]
    la policía está interrogando a un hombre
    Example sentences
    • Long-term funding is desperately being sought for a voluntary service that helps local victims of domestic violence.
    • Well, I helped out then and Boris is helping me out now.
    • Sometimes we were helped out by relations and friends with muscles and, of course, the boys chipped in.
    1.2 (+ adverb complement)
    ayudar a + infinitive
    she helped the old lady across the road
    ayudó a la anciana a cruzar la calle
    my friends helped me through this crisis
    mis amigos me ayudaron a superar esta crisis
    let me help you down with your luggage
    déjame que te ayude a bajar el equipaje
    permítame que le ayude a bajar el equipaje [formal]
    see alsohelp out
  • 2 (avoid, prevent) (usually negative or interrogative) I can't help it
    no lo puedo remediar
    I can't help the way I look
    si soy así ¿qué (le) voy a hacer?
    they can't help being poor
    no tienen la culpa de ser pobres
    don't cough more than you can help
    trata de toser lo menos posible
    one couldn't help thinking that she was right
    uno no podía menos que pensar que ella tenía razón
    are you going to visit them? — not if I can help it
    ¿los vas a ir a ver? — solo si no me puedo escapar
    can I help it if he's always late?
    ¿tengo yo la culpa de que llegue siempre tarde?
    oh, well, it can't be helped
    Example sentences
    • As he got closer to Stuart, he couldn't help but laugh when he saw how filthy she was.
    • She did a funny little curtsy which Josh and Silver couldn't help but laugh at.
    • I couldn't help but think that their owners would have felt considerable heartache.
  • 3 (serve food, goods)to help somebody to something
    servirle algo a alguien
    may I help you to some salad?
    ¿le sirvo un poco de ensalada?
    Example sentences
    • Everyone helps themselves to some juicy grilled hamburgers, some plump sausages and some plastic covered hotdogs.
    • Dave pours another plastic cup of sherry and helps himself to his 173rd Cadburys bar while ignoring colleagues' pleas of ‘Those were bought for the whole office, you know!’
    • He always tries to eat my food and if we have visitors he often gets on to their chair and helps himself.
    Example sentences
    • Mum and Dad spent the next hour trying to explain that it was alright for them to take the money, that we hadn't just stolen the book and helped ourselves and then left an IOU.
    • Now, whenever Grandma visits, Zack is careful to whisper for permission in my ear, before reaching out and helping himself.
    • A postal worker who stole more than £25,000 by helping himself to pension and child benefit payments has been spared jail.

intransitive verb

  • (person/remark)
    I was only trying to help!
    solo quería ayudar
    calling her a liar didn't help much either
    llamarla mentirosa tampoco sirvió de mucho
    I can't afford much — it doesn't matter, every little helps
    no puedo dar mucho — no importa, todo cuenta or todo es una ayuda
    it helps to know you're on our side
    sirve de mucho or es reconfortante saber que nos apoyas
    to help to + infinitive
    ayudar a + infinitive
    Example sentences
    • I think the worst of the weather is over but the continuing rain will not help the situation and it is likely to get colder again.
    • This situation is not helped by the predicament he has with his wide midfield players.
    • I remain unconvinced that the occupation forces are really helping the situation, instead of continuing to antagonize large sections of the people.

reflexive verb

to help oneself
  • 1 (assist)
    ayudarse (a sí mismo)
    they don't help themselves by insulting their creditors
    no se hacen ningún favor insultando a sus acreedores
  • 2 (resist impulse)
    I can't help myself sometimes
    a veces no me puedo controlar
  • 3 (take)to help oneself (to something)
    servirse algo
    help yourself to more vegetables
    sírvete más verduras
    can I use your phone? — help yourself
    ¿puedo llamar por teléfono? — estás en tu casa
    if you need any more envelopes, just help yourselves
    si necesitan más sobres, aquí/allí están
    si necesitan más sobres, agárrenlos nomás (Latin America)
    he helped himself to $10 from the till
    se agenció 10 dólares de la caja [colloquial]


  • 1 uncountable 1.1 (rescue) don't panic: help is on the or its way (as interjection) help! he's drowning
    ¡socorro! or ¡auxilio! ¡que se ahoga!
    to go for help
    ir a buscar ayuda
    ir a por ayuda (Spain)
    to send for help
    mandar a buscar ayuda
    to call for help
    pedir ayuda
    to cry/shout for help
    pedir ayuda a gritos
    it's beyond help
    ya no se puede hacer nada
    Example sentences
    • She gives advice, guidance, help, and motivation to her students at City College.
    • All of you provided me with invaluable help and advice that aided me to gain my first year certificate with a Merit pass.
    • The FBI has also been too reluctant in the past to accept help or advice from other security services.
    1.2 (assistance) thanks for your help with the dishes
    gracias por ayudarme con los platos
    was the book I lent you any help?
    ¿te sirvió de algo el libro que te presté?
    can I be of (any) help to you?
    ¿la/lo puedo ayudar (en algo)?
    you're a (fat) lot of help [ironic]
    ¡qué manera de ayudar la tuya!
    glad to have been of help
    me alegro de haber podido ayudar
    with my mother's help
    con la ayuda de mi madre
    financial help
    ayuda (feminine) económica
    medical help
    asistencia (feminine) médica
    atención (feminine) médica
    there's no help for it (but to + infinitive)
    no queda más remedio (que + infinitive)
    that's a great help! [ironic]
    ¡pues vaya ayuda! [ironic]
    (before noun) (file/button)
    de ayuda
    help menu
    menú (masculine) de ayuda
    Example sentences
    • As a result the hardware maker agreed to change its source code, user manuals and help screens.
    • There is a detailed help file and I have found email support adequate for my needs.
    • When was the last time you used an online help system or opened a computer software manual?

Phrasal verbs

help out

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
darle or echarle una mano a
we couldn't afford it, but my parents helped us out
no nos alcanzaba el dinero, pero mis padres nos ayudaron or nos dieron or echaron una mano
2verb + adverb
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