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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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 And a lot of people doing the helping are -- are from the U.S. services, Coast Guard and National Guard -- Neil, back to you. Fox News, "Kennedy: Kavanaugh is firm that allegation didn't happen," 18 Sep. 2018 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

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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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