welfare state Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"welfare state" in British English

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welfare statenoun [C usually singular]

uk   us  
a ​system that ​allows the ​government of a ​country to ​providesocialservices such as healthcare, unemploymentbenefit, etc. to ​people who need them, ​paid for by ​taxes
(Definition of welfare state from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"welfare state" in American English

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welfare statenoun [C]

 us   /ˈwel·feər ˌsteɪt/
a ​politicalsystem in which the ​governmentpays for ​healthcare and other ​socialbenefits for ​itscitizens, or a ​nation that ​operates under this ​system
(Definition of welfare state from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"welfare state" in Business English

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welfare statenoun [S]

uk   us   GOVERNMENT, TAX
a ​system by which a ​governmentprovidessocialservices such as ​healthcare, ​money, etc. to ​people who need them: The ANC ​established Africa's largest ​welfarestate through the ​provision of old-age ​pensions.
(Definition of welfare state from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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