social service


Definition of social service

  1. :  an activity designed to promote social well-being; specifically :  organized philanthropic assistance (as counseling, job training, or financial support) It operates like a mall with specialty shops, treating students like customers, or the adult clients of a social service, rather than as young people in need of an education for a worthy life. — Joseph Featherstone Most states are struggling with skimpy resources and a system of uncoordinated social services that is totally inadequate to serve a population of individuals whose needs are bottomless. — Constance Holden —often used before another noun social service agencies a social service project


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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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