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synonyms for helping

  • allowance
  • course
  • dollop
  • meal
  • order
  • piece
  • plateful
  • ration
  • serving
  • share

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Helping has a couple of different meanings, which have different sets of synonyms. Many words don’t have exact synonyms like big is an exact synonym of large, and helping is one of those words.

As a noun (in the context of food)

As a noun, the word helping refers to a portion of food served to one person at one time. Synonyms include serving and portion.

This can refer to another portion of whatever is being served, such as another helping of salad or mashed potatoes or pie.

However, in the context of a meal, helping, serving, and portion all often imply an entire plate’s worth of food (not just a little extra). In this sense, when you get another helping, you fill your plate up again. The word plate can be used to mean the same thing, as in I’m still hungry, so I’m going to the buffet to get another plate.  

In certain settings, such as in a military mess hall, the word for a helping is ration, which implies that there is a limited amount of food to be divided among everyone.

As a verb (the continuous tense of help)

Helping is the continuous tense (-ing form) of the verb help, and it can use all the same synonyms that help can, just with -ing added.

Synonyms for helping include aiding, assisting, and supporting.

The word providing is often used in terms meaning the same thing, as in providing help/aid/assistance/support. 

An informal way of saying this is lending a helping hand (in which a helping hand refers to aid or assistance).

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antonyms for helping

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How to use helping in a sentence

Each day, we’re served a heaping helping of heat and humidity, with a side of widely scattered storms.
D.C.-AREA FORECAST: HEAT AND HUMIDITY BARELY BUDGE THROUGH THE WEEKENDDAVID STREITAUGUST 26, 2021WASHINGTON POST
San Diego Unified School Board members Sharon Whitehurst-Payne and Richard Barrera clapped back, calling Montgomery Steppe disingenuous, and said she should do a little more helping and a little less question-asking.
VOSD PODCAST: THREE INVESTIGATIONS IN ONE PODCASTNATE JOHNMAY 28, 2021VOICE OF SAN DIEGO
For the moment, at least, it appears there’s some appetite for a generous helping of giant computer chips.
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Put it all together, and you get a team that’s not quite ready to break into the Champions League and Europa League spots, but possesses a clear identity and adds a delightful helping of chaos to every match.
LEEDS UNITED IS SCORING (AND GETTING SCORED ON) LIKE NOBODY ELSE IN THE PREMIER LEAGUENICHOLAS SOMMARCH 10, 2021FIVETHIRTYEIGHT
Miles’s tone swings all this speed-herstory along, with a giant helping of feminist theory.
MEET THE FORGOTTEN REBELS AND QUIET REVOLUTIONARIES OF WOMEN’S HISTORYLISA BIRNBACHMARCH 5, 2021WASHINGTON POST
We first saw the new Defender at 2019's Frankfurt auto show, where it proved to be a hit by marrying rugged looks and off-road skills with a healthy helping of tech.
THE LAND ROVER DEFENDER—RUGGED, CHARMING, BUT DRINKS LIKE A FISHJONATHAN M. GITLINFEBRUARY 18, 2021ARS TECHNICA
They worked around the clock because they recognized how important helping with vaccine delivery was.
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Everyone at the table wanted a helping of cranberry sauce, which happened to be in front of you at the moment.
CAN YOU CUT THE COOKIES?ZACH WISSNER-GROSSDECEMBER 4, 2020FIVETHIRTYEIGHT
I only saw the glitter of a bayonet which a Mexican thrust into his shoulder, at the very moment he was helping me up.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, NO. CCCXXXIX. JANUARY, 1844. VOL. LV.VARIOUS
Recollective Analysis, or Analysis for the purpose of helping to learn by heart, is not an originating or manufacturing process.
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WORDS RELATED TO HELPING

  • advising
  • avuncular
  • consultative
  • consultive
  • counseling
  • helping
  • recommending
  • adjustment
  • alteration
  • ameliorating
  • bettering
  • correcting
  • curing
  • enhancing
  • fixing
  • freshening
  • helping
  • patching up
  • rebuilding
  • rectifying
  • refreshing
  • relieving
  • remedying
  • remodeling
  • renewing
  • renovation
  • repair
  • repairing
  • restoration
  • reviving
  • tinkering
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