Translation of help in Spanish:
- 1 1.1 (assist) can I help you? (in shop) apologizing now won't help youso help me God [formal]pedir perdón ahora no te va a servir de nadaso help me, if he doesn't leave right now [colloquial]y que Dios me asista [formal]to help somebody (to) +si no se va ahora mismo, no respondo de mí
infinitiveI tried to help her with her homeworkayudar a alguien a+ infinitivea man is helping police with their enquiries (British English) [euphemistic]traté de ayudarla con los deberes1.2 (+ adverb complement)la policía está interrogando a un hombreshe helped the old lady across the roadayudar a+ infinitivemy friends helped me through this crisisayudó a la anciana a cruzar la callelet me help you down with your luggagemis amigos me ayudaron a superar esta crisissee also → help outdéjame que te ayude or [formal] permítame que le ayude a bajar el equipaje
- 2 (avoid, prevent) (usually negative or interrogative) I can't help itI can't help the way I lookno lo puedo remediarthey can't help being poorsi soy así ¿qué (le) voy a hacer?don't cough more than you can helpno tienen la culpa de ser pobresone couldn't help thinking that she was righttrata de toser lo menos posibleare you going to visit them? — not if I can help ituno no podía menos que pensar que ella tenía razóncan I help it if he's always late?¿los vas a ir a ver? — solo si no me puedo escaparoh, well, it can't be helped¿tengo yo la culpa de que llegue siempre tarde?
- 3 (serve food, goods) See examples:to help somebody
tosomethingmay I help you to some salad?servirle algo aalguien¿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.
- (person/remark)(tool)I was only trying to help!calling her a liar didn't help much eithersolo quería ayudarI can't afford much — it doesn't matter, every little helpsllamarla mentirosa tampoco sirvió de muchoit helps to know you're on our sideno puedo dar mucho — no importa, todo cuenta or todo es una ayudato help to +sirve de mucho or es reconfortante saber que nos apoyas
infinitiveayudar a+ infinitiveExample 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.
- to help oneself 1.1 (assist)they don't help themselves by insulting their creditorsayudarse (a sí mismo)1.2 (resist impulse)no se hacen ningún favor insultando a sus acreedoresI can't help myself sometimescontrolarsea veces no me puedo controlarExample sentences1.3 (take) See examples:to help oneself (
- 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.
tosomething)help yourself to more vegetablesservirse algocan I use your phone? — help yourselfsírvete más verdurasif you need any more envelopes, just help yourselves¿puedo llamar por teléfono? — estás en tu casahe helped himself to $10 from the tillsi necesitan más sobres, aquí/allí están or (in Latin America also) agárrenlos nomásse agenció 10 dólares de la caja [colloquial]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.
- 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 uncountable 1.1 (rescue) don't panic: help is on the o its way (as interjection) help! he's drowningto go for help¡socorro! or ¡auxilio! ¡que se ahoga!to send for helpir a buscar ayudair a por ayuda (Spain)to call for helpmandar a buscar ayudato cry/shout for helppedir ayudait's beyond helppedir ayuda a gritos1.2 (assistance) thanks for your help with the dishesya no se puede hacer nadawas the book I lent you any help?gracias por ayudarme con los platoscan I be of (any) help to you?¿te sirvió de algo el libro que te presté?you're a (fat) lot of help [ironic]¿la/lo puedo ayudar (en algo)?glad to have been of help¡qué manera de ayudar la tuya!with my mother's helpme alegro de haber podido ayudarfinancial helpcon la ayuda de mi madremedical helpayuda (feminine) económicathere's no help for it (but to +asistencia (feminine) or atención (feminine) médica
infinitive)that's a great help! [ironic]no queda más remedio ( que+ infinitive)(before noun) (file/button)¡pues vaya ayuda! [irónico](Computing)help menude ayudamenú (masculine) de ayudaExample 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?
- 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.
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