Simple Definition of welfare
: a government program for poor or unemployed people that helps pay for their food, housing, medical costs, etc.
: the state of being happy, healthy, or successful
Full Definition of welfare
1 : the state of doing well especially in respect to good fortune, happiness, well-being, or prosperity <must look out for your own welfare>
2 a : aid in the form of money or necessities for those in need b : an agency or program through which such aid is distributed
Examples of welfare in a sentence
He wants to do away with welfare.
I have your welfare at heart.
The welfare of all the orphans was at stake.
She donates to organizations concerned about animal welfare.
Origin and Etymology of welfare
Middle English, from the phrase wel faren to fare well
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of welfare
1 : of, relating to, or concerned with welfare and especially with improvement of the welfare of disadvantaged social groups <welfare legislation>
2 : receiving public welfare benefits <welfare families>
First Known Use of welfare
Rhymes with welfare
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WELFARE Defined for Kids
Definition of welfare for Students
1 : the state of being or doing well especially in relation to happiness, well-being, or success
2 : aid in the form of money or necessities for people in need
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