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?
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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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25 May 2021

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“Helping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 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


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

Kids Definition of helping

: a serving of food


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