help·​ing | \ˈhel-piŋ \

Definition of helping 

1 : a portion of food : serving

2 : dose sense 3 large helpings of reportage and interviews— Stefan Kanfer

Examples of helping in a Sentence

He had two helpings of carrots. Can I give you a second helping?

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Adjacent to the Grand Wailea, and with access to all of the resort's amenities (meet you at the waterslides), Ho'olei at Grand Wailea is a collection of private, two-floor villas that offer all the comforts of home, plus a hefty helping of luxury. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The report noted that airport workers, some of whom have access to airfields and aircraft, play important roles in spotting suspicious activity and helping in times of crisis, such as a storm response or an airport shooting. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Wages of Port Authority Airport Workers Set for Takeoff," 26 Sep. 2018 Now, if Newsom wins, voters are going to get a super-sized helping of radical left-wing agenda including, of course, Medicare for all. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway: CNN's bombshell report is just a bomb," 29 Aug. 2018 Research shows that bigger containers encourage bigger helpings. Jill Provost, Woman's Day, "Are You Sabotaging Your Diet?," 7 Feb. 2011 The luxury fashion house Balenciaga is back at it again with a generous helping of irony. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Balenciaga Is Trolling Everyone With a $755 'Plastic Bin' Shirt," 13 Apr. 2018 The move represents a significant walk-back from the administration’s original 2017 decision to cancel the program, which many medical professionals credit with helping to drive the nation’s teen pregnancy rate to an all-time low. NBC News, "HHS agrees to protect some funds for teen pregnancy prevention program," 28 Mar. 2018 The Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce has added a healthy helping of fruits and vegetables to its membership on April 5 with the addition of Myra Bruns and Juice Plus. Jacob Mcadams, Houston Chronicle, "Cleveland Chamber welcomes Juice Plus business," 8 Apr. 2018 This is music that comes packed in velvet under any circumstances — the melodies liquid and slightly droopy, the harmonies tinged with indirection — and Bullock’s performance delivered a full helping of sybaritic delight. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Soprano Julia Bullock cloaks her boldness in vocal velvet," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of helping

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of helping

: an amount of food that is put on a plate at one time : a portion of food


help·​ing | \ˈhel-piŋ \

Kids Definition of helping

: a serving of food

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