Definition of welfare in English:

welfare

Syllabification: wel·fare
Pronunciation: /ˈwelˌfer
 
/

noun

1The health, happiness, and fortunes of a person or group: they don’t give a damn about the welfare of their families
More example sentences
  • He said that the health, safety and welfare of officers was always of concern.
  • Provision for the pupils' care, health, safety and welfare is very good.
  • After a month or so a programme of home visits begins, and enquiries are made about the health and general welfare of each family.
Synonyms
well-being, health, comfort, security, safety, protection, prosperity, success, fortune; interest, good
1.1Statutory procedure or social effort designed to promote the basic physical and material well-being of people in need: the protection of rights to education, housing, and welfare
More example sentences
  • Social welfare service employees and municipal inspectors are also on strike.
  • To be sure, every increase in wages and social welfare measures boosts demand.
  • Mr. Rector has advocated devoting much more federal welfare money for promoting marriage.
1.2chiefly North American Financial support given to people in need.
More example sentences
  • We know that real jobs are a better guarantee of prosperity for the unemployed than welfare.
  • The workers are demanding an expansion and prompt payment of welfare benefits to the unemployed.
  • The Government wants to keep putting up taxes in order to support its welfare expenditure.
Synonyms
social security, social assistance, benefit, public assistance; pension, credit, support; sick pay, unemployment benefit
informal the dole

Origin

Middle English: from the adverb well1 + the verb fare.

Phrases

on welfare

Receiving government financial assistance for basic material needs.
More example sentences
  • Relatively low levels of the community are therefore on welfare and public assistance.
  • Elisa cut off financial support, prompting Emily and her children to go on welfare.
  • One was on welfare living off the dole, but I think that two of them had jobs, wives, and small children.

Definition of welfare in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day inamorata
Pronunciation: inˌaməˈrätə
noun
a person's female lover