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adjective helpful pronunciation in American English /ˈhelpfəl/
  1. 1
    a helpful person helps you by doing something or by giving you useful advice or information

    a traditional hotel with very helpful staff

    You've been most helpful.

  2. 2
    useful, or providing help

    a helpful guide to choosing colleges

    If you're tired, caffeine can be helpful in low doses.

    it's helpful to do something:

    It's helpful to have a calculator for this exam.

    helpful for/in doing something:

    Exercise is helpful for controlling high blood pressure.

    it's helpful for someone to do something:

    It would be helpful for me to meet him personally.

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