1) ADJ-GRADED If you describe someone as helpful, you mean that they help you in some way, such as doing part of your job for you or by giving you advice or information.

The staff in the London office are helpful but only have limited information...

James is a very helpful and cooperative lad...

Thank you, you've been most helpful.

Derived words:
helpfully ADV-GRADED ADV with v

They had helpfully provided us with instructions on how to find the house...

`Perhaps you could check the book?' Moira said helpfully.

helpfulness N-UNCOUNT

The level of expertise and helpfulness is far higher in smaller shops.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you describe information or advice as helpful, you mean that it is useful for you.

The catalog includes helpful information on the different bike models available...

The following information may be helpful to readers.

3) ADJ-GRADED: oft it v-link ADJ to-inf, ADJ for n/-ing, ADJ in -ing/n Something that is helpful makes a situation more pleasant or more easy to tolerate.

A predominantly liquid diet for a day or two may be helpful...

It is often helpful to have your spouse in the room when major news is expected...

Group discussion is also immensely helpful in convincing patients that they can choose a course that feels right to them.

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