Meaning of “social security” in the English Dictionary

"social security" in British English

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social securitynoun [ U ]

uk /ˌsəʊ.ʃəl sɪˈkjʊə.rɪ.ti/ us /ˌsoʊ.ʃəl sɪˈkjʊr.ə.t̬i/

UK a system of payments made by the government to people who are ill, poor, or who have no job:

He's on social security.
Social Security US

a system of payments made by the government to old people, people whose husbands or wives have died, and people who are unable to work because they are ill

(Definition of “social security” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"Social Security" in American English

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Social Securitynoun [ U ]

us /ˈsoʊ·ʃəl sɪˈkjʊər·ɪ·t̬i/

the US government program that provides financial help and services for old people, people whose husbands or wives have died, and people who are unable to work

(Definition of “Social Security” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"social security" in Business English

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social securitynoun [ U ]

uk us

US Welfare GOVERNMENT, FINANCE a system of payments by the government to people who are ill, poor, or have no job:

I didn't want to be on social security.
Unless you are claiming social security or are a pensioner, you have to pay for each visit to the doctor in Ireland.

US also Social Security abbreviation SS GOVERNMENT, FINANCE, TAX a tax system in the US in which the government collects money from workers and companies so that it can make payments to people who are unemployed, ill, or too old to work:

Will my military pension count against the $11,500 I can earn before losing social security benefits?
Besides paperwork, another burden on the employer is the social security system.

(Definition of “social security” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)