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"welfare" in British English

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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

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  • 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

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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

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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)
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