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English definition of “welfare”


noun [U]     /ˈwelfeər/
COMFORT B2 Someone's welfare is their health and happiness : He is concerned about the welfare of young men in prison .Fit and healthy
MONEY US (UK social security) money paid by a government to people who are poor , sick , or who do not have jobs : to be on welfare (= getting welfare) Social security and state benefitsUnemployment
(Definition of welfare noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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