Definition of welfare in English:


Line breaks: wel|fare
Pronunciation: /ˈwɛlfɛː


[mass noun]
  • 2Statutory 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
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    • 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.
  • 2.1chiefly North American Financial support given to those who are unemployed or otherwise in need: critics feared an increase in inequalities in the provision of welfare
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    • 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.
    social security, benefit, state benefit, benefit payment, public assistance; allowance, pension, credit, support; sick pay, sickness benefit, unemployment benefit/pay


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

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