Definition of helpful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhelpfəl/


1Giving or ready to give help: people are friendly and helpful helpful staff
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  • As well as having elegant rooms, the hotel also had extremely friendly and helpful staff.
  • Hospital staff were as helpful as they could be, but they never seemed to have enough time to talk to me.
  • The commission found staff were helpful and had been trained in customer care.
obliging, eager to please, kind, accommodating, supportive, cooperative;
sympathetic, boosterish, neighborly, charitable
1.1Useful: we find it very helpful to receive comments
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  • This site is just getting off the ground, but already has a vast quantity of helpful information.
  • I have now received a very helpful paper with some more facts and figures.
  • It would have been helpful if we had received it a little earlier.
useful, of use, beneficial, valuable, profitable, advantageous, fruitful, worthwhile, constructive;
informative, instructive
handy, useful, convenient, practical, easy-to-use, functional, serviceable
informal neat, nifty



Pronunciation: /ˈhelpfəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • It encourages discussion which goes beyond the powerful qualities of superheroes to consider qualities such as helpfulness, kindness, compassion and generosity.
  • Last month the Bolton Evening News revealed that initial results of a national survey had put the town top for consideration, courtesy and helpfulness.
  • Both were spellbound by the courtesy, hospitality, helpfulness and friendliness of the African people.

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Syllabification: help·ful

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