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welfare

noun [U] uk   /ˈwel.feər/ us    /-fer/

welfare noun [U] (HELP)

C2 help given, especially by the state or an organization, to people who need it, especially because they do not have enough money: This national fund pays for welfare benefits such as unemployment and sickness pay.UK After her month's sick leave, she was summoned to see the company's welfare officer.Social security and state benefits on welfare US receiving financial help from the state because you are poor or have not been employed for a long timeUnemployment

welfare noun [U] (HEALTH AND HAPPINESS)

B2 physical and mental health and happiness, especially of a person: The police are very concerned for the welfare of the missing child. These organizations have fought very hard for the rights and welfare of immigrants. animal welfareHealth in general
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