welfare Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “welfare” in the English Dictionary

"welfare" in British English

See all translations

welfarenoun [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: Your ​taxespay for welfare benefits such as ​unemployment and ​sicknesspay.UK After her month's ​sickleave, she was ​summoned to ​see the company's welfare officer.on welfare US receivingfinancialhelp from the ​state because you are ​poor or have not been ​employed for a ​longtime
More examples

welfare noun [U] (HEALTH AND HAPPINESS)

B2 physical and ​mentalhealth and ​happiness, ​especially of a ​person: The ​police are very ​concerned for the welfare of the ​missingchild. These ​organizations have ​fought very hard for the ​rights and welfare ofimmigrants. animal welfare
(Definition of welfare from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"welfare" in American English

See all translations

welfarenoun [U]

 us   /ˈwel·feər/

welfare noun [U] (HEALTH AND HAPPINESS)

physical and ​mentalhealth and ​happiness: We were ​concerned for ​ourparents’ 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.
(Definition of welfare from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"welfare" in Business English

See all translations

welfarenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈwelfeər/
the ​generalstate of ​health or degree of ​success of a ​person, ​business, country, etc.: Their ​GDPfigureslook good, but perhaps at a ​cost to their ​overalleconomic welfare. We are a ​progressiveemployerconcerned with ​employee welfare.
ECONOMICS help given, especially by the ​state or another ​organization, to ​people who need it, especially because they are ​poor: welfare ​services/​programs/​workers Some ​people fear the ​euro will ​weaken their welfare ​system.
US (UK social security) ECONOMICS a ​system of ​payments by the ​government to ​people who are ill, ​poor, or have no ​job: on welfare She is a ​singleparent on welfare.
(Definition of welfare from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of welfare?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

harvest

to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More