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welfare

noun [U]  /ˈwel·feər/ us  

welfare noun [U] (HEALTH AND HAPPINESS)

physical and mental health and happiness: We were concerned for our parents’ welfare when we heard about the storm in Florida.

welfare noun [U] (HELP)

social studies help given, esp. money, by a government to people who are poor and who do not have jobs: welfare benefits The family had to go on welfare.
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