Definition of helpful in US English:

helpful

adjective

  • 1Giving or ready to give help.

    ‘people are friendly and helpful’
    ‘helpful staff’
    • ‘Although a helpful friend has reduced our computer problems, my email is still a mess.’
    • ‘They have nothing to prove and you will find them exceptionally generous and helpful.’
    • ‘The staff who dealt with my meals were extremely helpful, as were the cleaning orderlies.’
    • ‘The people we spoke to were all very helpful and friendly and we were only sorry we couldn't stay longer.’
    • ‘He is the helpful neighbour, willing to do a bit of shopping for the arthritic old lady next door.’
    • ‘As well as having elegant rooms, the hotel also had extremely friendly and helpful staff.’
    • ‘The two officers were very helpful and did a lot to calm my shaken brother and mother down.’
    • ‘The local anglers are friendly and helpful and the fly fishing can be excellent.’
    • ‘He has a large circle of friends and is kind, helpful and a wise guru to many.’
    • ‘The commission found staff were helpful and had been trained in customer care.’
    • ‘The only helpful person was the policewoman who was called to the hospital and dealt with the case.’
    • ‘The guy at the end of the phone was really keen and helpful and made sure I understood everything.’
    • ‘He goes out of his way to be as helpful as possible to anyone who seeks his advice or assistance.’
    • ‘The captain is compassionate and helpful, and Viola herself responds to him warmly.’
    • ‘Hospital staff were as helpful as they could be, but they never seemed to have enough time to talk to me.’
    • ‘He employed a lot of people from the area and is known to be a generous and helpful man.’
    • ‘I want to praise my neighbours for being so kind and helpful, even two that we did not know very well.’
    • ‘She is so honest and helpful and she will not force anything on you, just to sell it.’
    • ‘She accepted that while some of her friends were also helpful, a lot of people her age were not.’
    • ‘A lot of neighbours I only know by sight but they have been so helpful and generous.’
    obliging, eager to help, eager to please, friendly, pleasant, kind, accommodating, considerate, thoughtful, supportive, cooperative, sympathetic, caring, hospitable, neighbourly, charitable, benevolent, beneficent
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    1. 1.1 Useful.
      ‘we find it very helpful to receive comments’
      • ‘A little adrenaline can be useful but stress is generally not healthy or helpful.’
      • ‘As a commentary it is extremely helpful, lucid in style and profound in content.’
      • ‘His hand as an editor is present in helpful and instructive ways in this collection.’
      • ‘I have now received a very helpful paper with some more facts and figures.’
      • ‘It could have effectively yielded some information that could have been helpful.’
      • ‘It took a long time to get comments back but no strings were attached and many comments were helpful.’
      • ‘This site is just getting off the ground, but already has a vast quantity of helpful information.’
      • ‘His helmet was helpful for keeping him warm.’
      • ‘It would have been helpful if we had received it a little earlier.’
      • ‘It may be helpful if a friend can provide an eyewitness account of the event.’
      • ‘Thus the test does not seem to be helpful when assessing patients with urological symptoms.’
      • ‘The idea of a palimpsest is a helpful way of understanding the King James Version.’
      • ‘If provided, varietal information on packets would be just as helpful as that on wine labels.’
      • ‘One of its goals is to deliver friendlier and more helpful computing services to society.’
      • ‘Any constructive criticism would be helpful, and it would help me improve my writing.’
      • ‘It may be helpful for a friend or relative to get involved in the treatment.’
      • ‘Here are a few helpful tips on what to look for and what to avoid when bargain shopping for wine.’
      • ‘While everyone has a right to an opinion, it is helpful if it is just slightly informed.’
      • ‘The absence of dairy products is also very helpful if you suffer from skin complaints such as eczema.’
      • ‘Where it may be helpful, legal representation paid for out of public funds is available.’
      useful, of use, of service, of benefit, beneficial, valuable, profitable, fruitful, advantageous, worthwhile, productive, constructive, practical
      handy, useful, convenient, practical, easy-to-use, well-designed, user-friendly, user-oriented, functional, serviceable, utilitarian
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Pronunciation

helpful

/ˈhɛlpfəl//ˈhelpfəl/