help·​line ˈhelp-ˌlīn How to pronounce helpline (audio)
 Southern often  ˈhep-,
 also  ˈheəp-
variants or less commonly help line
plural helplines also help lines
: a phone service providing help or assistance: such as
: a telephone service that is usually available to the public and that provides advice, support, resources, etc. for some specific purpose (such as crisis intervention)
a free/confidential/24-hour helpline
He's also a peer support specialist for DeQH, a helpline for South Asian LGBTQ people.Rose Brennan
Calls to state addiction help lines have risen, as have alcohol use, drug overdoses and relapse rates, experts have said.Steve Janoski
helpline volunteers offer support and basic information, locate treatment options in your area, and can help you find answers to any questions you may have.Radhika Menon
: a customer service line to provide support (such as technical support) for a product, service, etc.
Before making your purchase, phone the software vendor's customer helpline to make sure customer representatives are knowledgeable.Eric Berg
A user's guide, software documentation, and telephone helpline are included.Carol Tenopir
All week, Mata and other staffers have spent hours calling help lines set up by drug plan providers, only to get constant busy signals.Nicole Foy

Examples of helpline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mental Health America of Indiana cited these as reasons why their helpline is being discontinued. Katie Wiseman, The Indianapolis Star, 27 June 2024 The national helpline is not able to break out what share of incoming traffic is related to sports betting. Annette Choi, CNN, 15 June 2024 Legislation that would establish a permanent funding source for the state’s 988 crisis helpline system is headed to the desk of Gov. Wes Moore after lawmakers in the House and Senate voted to pass it. Angela Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 4 Apr. 2024 The national helpline received nearly 359,000 calls and messages last year. Annette Choi, CNN, 15 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for helpline 

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of helpline was in 1965

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“Helpline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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