Translation of help in Spanish:
- 1 1.1 (assist) can I help you? (in shop) apologizing now won't help youpedir perdón ahora no te va a servir de nadaso 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 míto help somebody (to) +
infinitiveayudar a alguienI tried to help her with her homework a+ infinitivetraté de ayudarla con los deberesa man is helping police with their enquiries (British English) [euphemistic]la policía está interrogando a un hombreExample sentences1.2 (+ adverb complement)
ayudarshe helped the old lady across the road
- 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.
a+ infinitiveayudó a la anciana a cruzar la callemy friends helped me through this crisismis amigos me ayudaron a superar esta crisislet me help you down with your luggagedéjame que te ayude or [formal] permítame que le ayude a bajar el equipajesee also→ help out
- 2 (avoid, prevent) (usually negative or interrogative) I can't help itno lo puedo remediarI can't help the way I looksi soy así ¿qué (le) voy a hacer?they can't help being poorno tienen la culpa de ser pobresdon't cough more than you can helptrata de toser lo menos posibleone couldn't help thinking that she was rightuno no podía menos que pensar que ella tenía razónare you going to visit them? — not if I can help it¿los vas a ir a ver? — solo si no me puedo escaparcan I help it if he's always late?¿tengo yo la culpa de que llegue siempre tarde?oh, well, it can't be helpedExample 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
tosomethingservirle algomay I help you to some salad? 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.
- 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.
ayudar(tool)I was only trying to help!
servirsolo quería ayudarcalling her a liar didn't help much eitherllamarla mentirosa tampoco sirvió de muchoI can't afford much — it doesn't matter, every little helpsno puedo dar mucho — no importa, todo cuenta or todo es una ayudait helps to know you're on our sidesirve de mucho or es reconfortante saber que nos apoyasto help to +
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.
reflexive verbto help oneself
- 1 (assist)ayudarse (a sí mismo)they don't help themselves by insulting their creditorsno se hacen ningún favor insultando a sus acreedores
- 3 (take)to help oneself (
tosomething)servirse algohelp yourself to more vegetablessírvete más verdurascan I use your phone? — help yourself¿puedo llamar por teléfono? — estás en tu casaif you need any more envelopes, just help yourselvessi necesitan más sobres, aquí/allí están or (in Latin America also) agárrenlos nomáshe helped himself to $10 from the tillse agenció 10 dólares de la caja [colloquial]
- 1 uncountable 1.1 (rescue) don't panic: help is on the o its way (as interjection) help! he's drowning¡socorro! or ¡auxilio! ¡que se ahoga!to go for helpir a buscar ayudato send for help
ir a por ayuda (Spain)mandar a buscar ayudato call for helppedir ayudato cry/shout for helppedir ayuda a gritosit's beyond helpya no se puede hacer nadaExample sentences1.2 (assistance) thanks for your help with the dishes
gracias por ayudarme con los platoswas 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 helpme alegro de haber podido ayudarwith my mother's helpcon la ayuda de mi madrefinancial helpayuda (feminine) económicamedical helpasistencia (feminine) or atención (feminine) médicathere's no help for it (but to +
- 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.
infinitive)no queda más remedio (that's a great help! [ironic] que+ infinitive)¡pues vaya ayuda! [ironic](before noun) (file/button)(Computing)help menu
de 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?
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
ayudarwe couldn't afford it, but my parents helped us out
darle or echarle una mano a
darle or echarle una mano a
no nos alcanzaba el dinero, pero mis padres nos ayudaron or nos dieron or echaron una mano2verb + adverb
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.