Definition of helpful in English:



  • 1Giving or ready to give help.

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