help·​ing | \ ˈhel-piŋ How to pronounce helping (audio) \

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?
Recent Examples on the Web Auburn put up 141 yards in the opening frame with a large helping of Bigsby and a perfect performance from Nix. Evan Dudley, al, 4 Sep. 2021 The opening number takes place on the streets of Havana, with a tune that lets Miranda mix his chatter-rap version of Broadway with a generous helping of local musical flavor. Darren Franich,, 4 Aug. 2021 Every new college football season brings a hearty helping of new faces in new places. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, 13 Aug. 2021 The annual event, a parish fundraiser, featured the usual bingo, booths and barbecue —with an extra helping of political one-liners and zingers. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 9 Aug. 2021 Yes to the Dress underway, fan are undoubtedly thrilled to see Randy Fenoli back in action and helping brides find the gowns of their dreams. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 31 July 2021 Inflation in Alaska over the last 12 months surged to levels not seen in three decades, with prices of gasoline, used cars and clothing helping drive the trend. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 30 July 2021 He was named the Gatorade state player of the year after averaging 19.9 points per game and helping lead the Knights to the Division 2 state championship. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 July 2021 In our case, the story begins in the Great Depression and then diverges in the 1940s: one future father heading to the Pacific and the other helping feed the country. WSJ, 16 July 2021

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First Known Use of helping

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of helping was in 1883

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10 Sep 2021

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“Helping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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 : serving


help·​ing | \ ˈhel-piŋ How to pronounce helping (audio) \

Kids Definition of helping

: a serving of food


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