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Definition of helpful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1able to improve a particular situation synonym useful helpful advice/information/suggestions Sorry I can't be more helpful. helpful (for somebody) (to do something) It would be helpful for me to see the damage for myself. You may find it helpful to read this before making any decisions. helpful in doing something Role-play is helpful in developing communication skills. helpful to somebody The booklet should be very helpful to parents of disabled children.
  2. 2(of a person) willing to help someone I called the police but they weren't very helpful. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. She's one of the most helpful people I know. opposite unhelpful
adverb She helpfully suggested that I try the local library.
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noun [uncountable]
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: helpful