social work


Definition of social work

: any of various professional activities or methods concretely concerned with providing social services and especially with the investigation, treatment, and material aid of the economically, physically, mentally, or socially disadvantaged

Other Words from social work

social worker noun

Examples of social work in a Sentence

She is doing social work. He has a job in social work.
Recent Examples on the Web And there’s also a new social work program at Kent state, which will hopefully funnel graduates into, into the profession. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 3 Aug. 2022 One of the great joys of remote work is removing the pressure to attend social work events that many never wanted to attend in the first place. Chase Warrington, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Springdale has a summer social work intern with the University of Arkansas School of Social Work and will get another when school starts in August. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, 17 July 2022 Her transitions from social observation to personal revelations (family home videos and her sister’s social work) sentimentalize exploitation of the working class by the bourgeoisie. Armond White, National Review, 13 July 2022 Today, the 44-year-old has degrees in nursing and social work, and a successful career. Andrew Brinker,, 13 July 2022 The trip to Lighthouse was made possible by Make A Wish Foundation of Connecticut, the critical care team at the hospital, the social work team and the Groton Police Department, which provided comfort dogs. Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 12 July 2022 The other finalist, John Miller Jr., then chair of social work at a liberal arts college in the South, noticed that someone from the Idaho Freedom Foundation was tracking him on social media. Daniel Golden, ProPublica, 4 July 2022 Aldi now works in a social work role at a homeless shelter and hopes to become a family lawyer. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of social work

1847, in the meaning defined above

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6 Aug 2022

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“Social work.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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Medical Definition of social work

: any of various professional services, activities, or methods concretely concerned with the investigation, treatment, and material aid of the economically, physically, mentally, or socially disadvantaged

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