helpful

adjective
help·​ful | \ ˈhelp-fəl How to pronounce helpful (audio) ; Southern often ˈhep- also ˈheəp-\

Definition of helpful

: of service or assistance : useful a helpful neighbor helpful advice just trying to be helpful

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Other Words from helpful

helpfully \ ˈhelp-​fə-​lē How to pronounce helpfully (audio) \ adverb
helpfulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for helpful

Synonyms

conducive, facilitative, useful

Antonyms

unhelpful, useless

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Examples of helpful in a Sentence

A helpful neighbor shoveled our walkway. a kind and helpful person

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While that is helpful, the incidence of counterfeit fraud is declining in the U.S., thanks to the widespread adoption of chip cards. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Apple Card: Some people will get invitations to apply but rest broader release later this month," 6 Aug. 2019 Maintaining contact and a connection is helpful, too. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Overwhelmed parent wants to mend broken family," 5 Aug. 2019 Maintaining contact and a connection is helpful, too. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: We’re trying to sell our house. Can we tell our neighbors to clean up?," 5 Aug. 2019 Maintaining contact and a connection is helpful, too. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Overwhelmed parent wants to mend broken family," 5 Aug. 2019 For example, a service that automatically transcribes audio would be helpful so workers don’t have to type up the calls themselves, Hopper said. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "A police officer tried to report suspected child neglect to the state’s 24-hour hotline. He was told to leave a message and wait up to 4 days for a callback.," 2 Aug. 2019 Does Jerry believe his previous trail with Taylor and Turner is helpful? Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Will Bengals' John Jerry win the LG job? The competition is a long way from over," 31 July 2019 Even 15-minute phone meetings on a weekly basis will be helpful. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, "Working Strategies: ‘Onboarding’ yourself when starting a new job," 20 July 2019 What would be helpful is if Matty actually worked with Veronica instead of trying to lose her as a tail. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Hulu's Veronica Mars revival binge recap for every episode," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of helpful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for helpful

see help entry 1

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The first known use of helpful was in the 14th century

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helpful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of helpful

: making it easier to do a job, deal with a problem, etc. : giving help
: willing to help other people

helpful

adjective
help·​ful | \ ˈhelp-fəl How to pronounce helpful (audio) \

Kids Definition of helpful

: providing help a helpful idea

Other Words from helpful

helpfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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