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English definition of “welfare”

welfare

noun [U] (HELP)    /ˈwel.feər/ US  /-fer/
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 time Unemployment
(Definition of welfare noun (HELP) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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