Meaning of “social service” in the English Dictionary

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"social service" in British English

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social servicenoun

uk /ˌsəʊ.ʃəl ˈsɜː.vɪs/ us /ˌsoʊ.ʃəl ˈsɝː.vɪs/
social services

[ plural ] the department in local government that provides such services:

The case was referred to social services.

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

"social service" in American English

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social servicenoun [ C usually pl ]

/ˈsoʊ·ʃəl ˈsɜr·vɪs/

any of the services provided by governments or other organizations to people with particular needs

(Definition of “social service” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)