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"welfare" in British English

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welfarenoun [U]

uk   /ˈwel.feər/ us   /ˈwel.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 taxes pay 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.
on welfare US
receiving financial help from the state because you are poor or have not been employed for a long time

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(Definition of welfare from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"welfare" in American English

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welfarenoun [U]

us   /ˈwel·feər/
  • welfare noun [U] (HEALTH AND HAPPINESS)

physical and mental health and happiness: We were concerned for our parents’ 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.
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"welfare" in Business English

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welfarenoun [U]

uk   /ˈwelfeər/ us  
the general state of health or degree of success of a person, business, country, etc.: Their GDP figures look good, but perhaps at a cost to their overall economic welfare. We are a progressive employer concerned 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 single parent on welfare.
(Definition of welfare from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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