helping

noun
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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Their three-year romance included liberal helpings of drama: public feuds with Tyga's baby mama (who later had a baby with Kylie's brother, Rob Kardashian), continuous pregnancy rumors, and multiple messy public breakups. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About All of Kylie Jenner's Ex-Boyfriends," 20 Mar. 2019 The new standard for steel rebar in China—which sets out specifications for three high-strength grades, each requiring a helping of vanadium—took shape as buyers were facing a shortfall. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Vanadium Is Used to Strengthen Steel and China Can’t Get Enough of It," 27 Dec. 2018 His Spring 2009 collection brought together wide ranging references, from Africa to 1940s pompadours, all served up with a helping of 1970s decadence. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Vogue Runway Did a Ten-Year Fashion Challenge: Check Out the Results Here," 30 Jan. 2019 Garnish helpings generously with cheese, olive oil and pepper. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Most Satisfying Vegetable Soup," 28 Dec. 2018 San Diego County, which has had mostly light helpings so far this month, should get a full serving of May gray on Friday and Saturday. Robert Krier, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Gray days ahead, and maybe some drips, too," 10 May 2018 In addition to providing relief to its shareholders, a deal for Arconic—to be funded with a huge helping of high-yield debt—would be another sign of a thaw in the credit markets. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "Apollo Nears Deal to Buy Arconic for More Than $10 Billion," 15 Jan. 2019 These appetizers might be small, but are packed with surprising flavor that will keep your cocktail party guests guessing returning for second and third helpings. Good Housekeeping, "Cocktail Meatballs with Creamy Cranberry Sauce," 24 Oct. 2012 Feeling good should probably be your prime motivator, not eating an extra helping of pecan pie. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Thanksgiving is now the most popular race day in America.," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of helping

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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helping

noun

English Language Learners Definition of helping

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

helping

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

Kids Definition of helping

: a serving of food

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